Robbers storm into home; woman dies

An 81-year-old woman who had a heart attack in her bathroom after robbers forced their way into her house at gunpoint died Wednesday.

Police plan to present the case to the district attorney's office to determine whether homicide charges should be filed in connection with the death of Marjorie Jarrell. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a press release that they believe Jarrell and her husband, Paul, were targeted, and that the robbery wasn't a random act.

Just before 3 p.m. July 2, several men forced their way into the Jarrells' home on Bonneville Drive in east Charlotte near Central Avenue.

Paul Jarrell answered the door and was knocked to the ground.

One of the robbers forced Marjorie Jarrell into the bathroom while the others stole several things from the home and fled.

While she was in the bathroom, police say Marjorie Jarrell had a heart attack, apparently induced by the stress of the robbery. Homicide detectives have arrested and charged Y'Thim Kpor with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping. Officers are seeking two other people suspected of helping to plan the robbery and carry it out.

Visitation for Marjorie Jarrell will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at O'Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home in Lillington, followed by a 2 p.m. funeral. She'll be buried at Harnett Memorial Park.

Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Jarrell's death is the second time this year an alleged robbery has ended in the death of an elderly victim.

In April, 92-year-old Mildred Clontz was stabbed to death as she returned to her Knickerbocker Drive home from church. Gordon McMullen has been charged with homicide in the case, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.