Man charged in 2014 murder

By Mike Gellatly -

LUMBERTON — A Pembroke man was arrested Monday and charged with the 2014 murder of a Robeson County man.

Michael Allen Rose, 30, of 200 Mabe St., is accused of first-degree murder in the death of 57-year-old Milton Cummings, according to investigator Randall Graham of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

Rose is also charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping, according to court records.

In August 2014, Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said two men wearing masks forced their way into Cummings’ mother’s Powhatan Drive home through the front door and went to his bedroom and there was a fight, during which Cummings’s throat was slashed.

The victim’s mother and a 7-year-old child were in the home at the time of the murder but were not injured. Cummings was dead when deputies arrived shortly after the attack.

Sealey said at the time that another man in the house suffered some scrapes on his head while struggling with the intruders, but that his injuries did not appear to be serious.

According to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records, Rose has a criminal history that includes being a felon in possession of a firearm, harassment, trespassing and several minor narcotics charges.

By Mike Gellatly

Reach Mike Gellatly at 910-816-1989 or via Twitter @MikeGellatly

Reach Mike Gellatly at 910-816-1989 or via Twitter @MikeGellatly

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