‘Scared to death’: 2 arrested in invasion of woman’s home in Catawba County

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — Deputies in Catawba County have arrested two people in connection with a home invasion and robbery that occurred near Cooksville.

Investigators said they robbed a woman at knifepoint after forcing their way into her home along Roger Hill Road.

Channel 9′s Dave Faherty spoke with the victim, who said the suspects tried to conceal themselves after knocking on the front door.

Sandra Morel said they had their faces and their hands covered as they unscrewed the lightbulb on the front porch.

They then forced their way inside Morel’s home, shoved her into the wall, and then held a knife to her throat.

Investigators told Faherty that the suspects stole Morel’s purse before quickly leaving the residence. They later returned to steal her car, a beige 2002 Ford Focus, the following morning.

Matthew Hull and Mallory Mullins were arrested Friday afternoon. Both denied any involvement in the home invasion robbery but are now charged with burglary, 2nd degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Deputies say the two knew the victim and had been in her home before.

“They held a knife to my throat and told me to be still, but you know what you’re going to do. I was just scared to death; I didn’t know what to do,” Morel said.

Morel said she has an adult son who is paralyzed and is still in disbelief that this happened to her in western Catawba County.

She said she is now keeping a handgun close by and is not letting anyone inside the home.

There is still no word if Morel’s car has been located.

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