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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three suspects are in jail and a fourth is dead after investigators say a man they tried to rob fought back.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded around 7:30 p.m. Sunday to a burglary and gunshot victim at 145 Abbotts Branch Lane near Hubert. Investigators say Brian Bailey, 23, and Michael Holliday, 21, broke into the home while Jonathan Koncir, 22, and Jordan Sanford, 18, waited nearby in a getaway car.

Detectives say while inside the house Bailey and Holliday pointed a 20-gauge shotgun at John Moore and demanded drugs and money. They say Moore pulled out a .22 caliber pistol and demanded the men leave. At some point Holliday (above right) was shot.

Investigators say the four suspects headed to a hospital for Holliday. On the way they hit another vehicle on NC 172 in Hubert. Holliday later died at the Naval Hospital aboard Camp Lejeune.

Bailey, Koncir and Sanford are charged with first degree burglary, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. They are each in jail under $200,000 bond.

According to the NC Department of Corrections website, Sanford was convicted in August of simple assault, trespass and communicating threats. She was sentenced to 12 months probation.

Court records show Bailey has a pending court date next month on drug charges.

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18 Comments on "One dead, three in jail after robbery attempt"

2015 years 9 months ago

Your very first sentence is dead wrong! Drug crazed criminals routinely rifle through residential homes for prescription drugs, especially with elderly people that tend to need more prescriptions. That’s usually one of their first priorities after breaking in.

Your term “hero” is unwarranted as well. He simply and very appropriately protected himself and his personal property EXACTLY as the law dictates, he just failed to get all of them. Due to the boldness of criminals and this crappy economy, more and more people are forced to protect themselves and their property with deadly force against desperate criminals and violent home invasions.

This isn’t speculation, this is fact.

If you only knew
2015 years 9 months ago

They knew there were drugs bc Moore is one of many in that area selling drugs to the younger generation. I grew up in that area Moore was selling drugs to kids when I was a kid. I’m not condoning what they did you do not take property that is not yours or break into others homes particularly not armed. I know these kids and what they did was very stupid. Drug dealer or not Moore had to do what he had to to protect himself but if the cops would keep these dealers off the streets there’d be less pressure on the youth to go down this Horrible path.

2015 years 9 months ago

Only drug dealers get robbed for drugs. One of the suspects has drug related charges in his past. Prob knew that moore sold drugs. Is he still a hero? I would put him in the same class as the perps if that was the situation. Obvious speculation.

2015 years 9 months ago

Don’t be an idiot, sir.

Plenty of people out there are victims of ignorance and greed.

You saying that only drug dealers get robbed is like saying the police only arrest bad guys. Wasn’t that long ago that an 80 year old man was shot and killed in his own home. Why? Police thought he had a meth lab, so they raided and killed him, turns out they were wrong.

Still, even if he did sell drugs. So what? This supposed to be a free country, if the CIA can get away with it, the average Joe should be left alone. His profits aren’t going to fund terrorism like that of the CIA, hell his tax dollars do more damage to innocent Iraqi’s or tribesmen in Afghanistan, or even children Pakistan.

The war on drugs is a crock.

2015 years 9 months ago

Where do you think we learned it huh?

From the generation of spend now, let our Grandchildren pay for it later, at least, those who survive all the wars our politicians start. But we don’t worry about that because they promise us more money and medicare!

Foodstamps, Welfare, and elders that made the country great by wrecking the rest of the world and selling them what they need to rebuild it, while extorting goods and rights for US corporations out of small countries full of brown people, usually in South America.

2015 years 9 months ago

It’s sad that this generation is stoned stupid & don’t know what it means to work. They had rather steal than find a job!

2015 years 9 months ago

Beware criminals! We eagerly await your opportunities with vigor (and nowadays…PROTECTION!)! Be careful who you attempt to prey on these days!

2015 years 9 months ago

Too bad they all didn’t go in and come out in 4 body bags. 1 out of 4 is good, though. Mr. Moore is to be commended for a job well done.

2015 years 9 months ago

This is a good start.

2015 years 9 months ago

Folks this is the result of a young thug trying to rob someone…he was probably a gang member.

2015 years 9 months ago

Just a plain dirty, rotten thug. And yes, I am judging. If he doesn’t want to be called a thug, then don’t BE a thug.

2015 years 9 months ago

The real tragedy is the gauntlet Mr. Moore will have to run because of the low-lifes that invaded the sanctity of his home. No doubt some bleeding heart do-gooder will start a movement to free the thugs that survived this invasion, telling how they were from broken homes and are only misunderstood. Not to mention the dime-store lawyers that are beating a trail to the Holliday family door, telling them of the riches to be gained by suing Mr. Moore (naturally the lawyers are entitled to a share of the booty).
Mr. Moore will have to tell and re-tell the story to “friends” instead of the friends offering support and comfort to him. Mr. Moore will have to live with the fact that he took a young man’s life and I hope Mr. Moore will have the presence of mind to realize he did what was necessary to survive and move on to the next thing.

2015 years 9 months ago

If they were looking for drugs from mr. Moore, i think he may not be as upstanding of a citizen hero as we think. People rob drug dealers of drugs and money. why wiuld they assume he had drugs? One of the perps has previous drug charges, so they might have known each other.

2015 years 9 months ago

thank you Mr. Moore, for making the world a safer place to live in today, wish you could have gotten all 4, it will not be long before the other 3 are back on the streets

Earl Grover
2015 years 9 months ago


2015 years 9 months ago

demanded drugs and money?
How did they know or why did they suspect Moore had any drugs?
Anyone run a background on the victim?


2015 years 9 months ago

If I was a thief, prescription drugs, especially pain killers would be something obviously worth looking into more than the change at the bottom of someones purse.

A bottle of pills can be worth thousands.

2015 years 9 months ago

Oh please, the war on drugs does far more damage to society than the drugs themselves.

What kind of American are you to think hes not a good person just because he is a free man who doesn’t do what corrupt politicians tell him?

You sound like a lamb, someone who has never looked into the history of drugs in the US. For one, tobacco/nicotine is the most addictive and dangerous, as it kills far more people than all the illegal drugs combined. Two, the government, mostly the CIA, is responsible for bringing TONS, of drugs into the country to fund black operations.

So if you think drugs are so bad, quit paying your taxes and take a stand why don’t you?


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