3 charged for Gaston Co. home invasion, police chase

Credit: GCPS

Sykes, Grice, Nichols


by WCNC.com staff


Posted on October 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:40 PM

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- Three suspects accused of tying up a man and ransacking his home were arrested after a police chase through Gaston County.

The 52-year-old man says the three suspects came to his door with handguns in the 500 block of King Arthur Drive around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say 20-year-old Erica Grice, 23-year-old Johnny Nichols and 25-year-old Eric Sykes tied the man’s hands with an extension cord and bound his feet with duct tape. The suspects originally intended to rob the homeowners of marijuana, according to the Gaston County Police, but then realized they had the wrong address. They then allegedly stole his video game system and a firearm before running from the home.

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The victim freed himself and called police.

An officer on the way to the scene said he noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area. As he interviewed the people within the car, he realized their descriptions matched those of the suspects.

Police say the driver then sped off and led a police pursuit. The chase ended on Lowell Bethesda Road near Westover Road when the suspects crashed their vehicle.

They have all been booked into jail on bonds ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.

The homeowner was not hurt.