2 men charged in connection to armed robbery, 1 in custody, deputies search for 1 other

- The Catawba County Sheriff's Office has charged two men in connection to an armed robbery that occurred in Hickory in late June. 

In the early morning hours of June 29, a victim called the Sheriff's Office stating that two men forced their way into the victim's home and robbed them at gunpoint. 

Investigators were able to develop suspects and obtained warrants for Matheson Painter and Jose Ramirez-Barreto, both from Catawba County, for burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. 

Painter was arrested on Tuesday. His first court appearance is Wednesday. Ramirez-Barreto has not been taken into custody yet. 


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