• Channel 9 speaks with victim of home invasion, attack

    By: Ken Lemon


    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - Channel 9 spoke with the man who says he was the victim of a home invasion and attack.

    The man said he will never forget the sight of a man standing over him with a gun pointed at his head.

    He said he answered a knock at the door when masked robbers forced their way inside.

    The victim lives on King Arthur Drive in the Kings Grant subdivision.

    He said they were looking for a man who did not live there.

    The suspects tied him up, searched the house, and left with his son’s Xbox and his guns.

    "It's terrible for something like this to happen.  I don't understand why anybody would come and do something like that,” said neighbor Paul Sanders.

    When the suspects left, the man was able to call police who saw a suspicious car when they tried to pull the driver over.

    Police spotted the car and followed it down Lowell-Bethesda Road.

    The car almost hit an officer trying to stop them.

    Officers say they threw at least one gun out of the moving car before they crashed.

    They arrested Erica Grice, Eric Sykes and Johnny Nichols.

    All three appeared in court Wednesday afternoon. The total bond for the trio is nearly $1.5 million.

    Johnny Nichols told the judge he needed his $750,000 bond lowered so that he can go to work.

     When the judge said no, he stood up to speak.

    "They didn't have no evidence no nothing.  You hear me?" he said.

    Then he shouted “I love you” to his family in court.

    "They ain't find no guns, no evidence on us," Sykes said.

    Police said Sykes was driving and nearly hit a policeman before running off the road.

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