Suspect in home invasion arrested

Harlan

 

A man shot during a home invasion at Butler Creek mobile home park last week was arrested Monday, police say.

Eric James Harlan, 26, was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and burglary in the first degree, according to Richmond County jail records.

He is accused of entering his ex-girlfriend’s home in the 3000 block of Lucas Circle Friday armed with a knife and a liquor bottle. Marguerite Newton, who was asleep in her bedroom when Harlan kicked open her front door, brandished a 9mm pistol when Harlan appeared at her bedroom door, according to an incident report.

Harlan slapped Newton’s hand as she fired a shot. A second shot stuck Harlan in the stomach, which prompted Harlan to sit near the front door, put the knife down and drink from the liquor bottle.

Newton told police she recognized Harlan as the ex-boyfriend of her partner’s daughter, according to the report. He had been separated from his ex-girlfriend for the last two years and cancelled a visitation with their daughter the day before the shooting incident.

Newton will face no charges, police said.

 

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