ROWLAND — A Maxton man was shot to death on Wednesday when he and three others attempted to break in to a Rowland home housing illegal video poker machines, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.
Christopher Deshon Page, 24, was found dead in a car by deputies at about 11:15 p.m. after he was shot by 54-year-old Keith Ryan Bowen at at 8528 Fairley Road, Sealey said. Bowen is the homeowner, but lives on Wesley Road in Rowland, according to Sealey.
The sheriff said Christopher Page, along with Dedric Dwayne Page, 21, an unidentified male and an unidentified female knocked on the door of the home. When Bowen opened the door, he saw that at least one of the people was carrying a handgun, Sealey said, and the intruders forced their way into the home.
Bowen shot Page and warned the others he would kill them, Sealey said. The injured Page and the three others fled and Bowen called 911.
When their vehicle became stuck in a nearby ditch, Dedric Page and the others left on foot, leaving an injured Christopher Page in the car. On the way to the crime scene, Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, saw three people matching their descriptions on Midway Road near U.S. 501, Sealey said.
Dedric Page, who lives on N.C. 71 in Maxton, was arrested and charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and felonious breaking and entering. He is being held at the Robeson County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond. Sealey did not know if the Pages are related.
Currently, no charges have been filed against Bowen or the other two people, whose names were not released.
As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, officers were still questioning the people involved. Sealey said investigators are trying to determine why Bowen had the poker machines, which are illegal to operate in North Carolina.
Sealey said he expects more arrests.
Sarah Willets works for Civitas Media as a staff writer for The Robesonian.