Police: Man with Criminal History Forces His Way into Elderly Couple’s Home

FromThe Shelby Star via http://www.ten8.wordpress.com

Tuesday, Jul 20 2010

Graham Cawthon

SHELBY – Police say a man with a lengthy criminal history recently burst through the backdoor of an elderly couple’s home.

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Capt. Alan Norman said Douglas Christopher Corson Jr., 28, was charged Sunday with breaking and entering and assault on a female after he forced his way into the home of a couple on Pleasant Drive.

911 Called

Norman said it was about 9:30 a.m. Sunday when Corson began beating on the back door of the house.

“The occupants attempted to keep him out but were unable to do so,” he said.

It was during that time, he said, Corson shoved the wife. 911 was called and Cpl. Mike Fussell arrived within minutes.

Corson told authorities he was trying to avoid a man who was chasing him with a gun. But police found no sign of anyone matching the description Corson gave.


Corson is charged with breaking and entering and assault on a female. He remained in jail Tuesday with bond set at $2,500, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office website. His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

This isn’t the first time Corson, of 1865 E. Marion St., has been behind bars.

Since 2001, Norman said, Corson has been arrested on numerous charges.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections website, Corson most recently spent almost two years in prison for attempted first degree burglary and malicious conduct by a prisoner. He was released from custody Jan. 29, 2009. Earlier convictions include DWI, failure to report an accident and possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, according to the website.

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