Middle-Aged Couple High On Bath Salts Flee Home In Paranoid Frenzy, Shoot At Imaginary Gangsters And Invade Neighbor’s Home With Guns Blazing – Daily Mail
In a drug-addled frenzy, a middle-aged couple invaded a neighbor’s home armed to the teeth with guns and knives because they believed they were under attack from a gang camped under their house.
Donna Jean Walls, 49, and Phillip Dwayne Walls, 50, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, were high on bath salts and in a paranoid state of delusion and hallucination.
Having already called 911 to alert the police to their imaginary enemies, the couple stumbled outside with a bag of weapons, fired off shots and burst into Pastors Richard and Debra Robinson’s home.
Drug frenzy: A bath salts high led Phillip and Donna Walls to believe that gang members under their house were trying to kill them and prompted the couple to arm themselves and invade a neighbor’s home in terror
The incident took place at around 6.30 pm on Monday evening just after the Robinsons had received a worried phone call from their son-in-law who had spoken to Mr Walls and noticed from his voice that something wasn’t right.
Phillip Walls had already called the police frantic that someone was trying to kill him and his wife.
‘There are people under our house.They were there yesterday and last night,’ he said in a recording of his conversation with the police dispatcher.
Mr Robinson had gone to check if he could see anything strange going on and as went to the door, the crazed couple burst in waving handguns and knives in the air and shouting.
Community watch: Richard and Debra Robinson were at home when the Walls’ burst through the door waving their guns and knives around frantically
Describing the scene that ensued in her home, Debra Robinson told the Gaston Gazette: ‘They just came stumbling in, waving a gun like someone was after them. She was delusional. She was acting like a wild animal.’
According to a report of the arrest, Phillip Walls carried a silver Taurus .44-caliber revolver and a green military bag in which he had packed several more firearms and a knife.
The Robinsons recalled that the bag also contained wigs and jewellery. ‘They pretty much had their own little army,’ they said.
Donna Jean Walls was armed with a Springfield Armory 9 mm pistol which she had already fired seven times outside as she rolled around with neighborhood dogs and chased them around.
Another neighbor had called and told police: ‘They’re shooting… I don’t know what’s wrong with them.’
Scared: Debra Robinson feared for her life and fled from the house with a mobile phone to call for help
Calming: Pastor Richard Robinson, who knew the couple from his congregation, soothed their fears and persuaded them to surrender their weapons
Indeed said Sgt. McInnis of the Gaston County Police Department, ‘trying to make sense of what they’re doing is virtually impossible.’
Fearing for her life and anyone’s who might enter, the pastor’s wife fled the house with a mobile phone to call for help while her husband tried to calm Mr and Mrs Walls down.
The couple had been members of Pastor Robinson’s In Time Revival Worship Center congregation in Bessemer City until recently dropping out, so the religious man was able to use their relationship to put them at ease.
The pastor recalled: ‘I just said, “You’re in my house. Ain’t nobody going to hurt you. Give me the gun.”‘
When the couple finally surrendered the weapons, Phillips Walls asked him to pray in the hallway, which he did until police arrived on the scene.
Blamed: Bath salts have been connected to a string of attacks recently as the stimulants cause users to hallucinate and behave irrationally as well as aggressively
“I was little afraid, don’t get me wrong,’ Pastor Robinson told WSOC-TV. ‘But even in that state of mind, he had enough presence to ask me to pray for him.’
Mr and Mrs Walls were both committed but once they had come down from their high, were released from hospital and locked up in jail.
Locally, the couple already have a history of drug use according to Sgt.Talmadge McInnis with Gaston County Police Department and while this is the first display of violence, it isn’t the first time they have received calls about them.
‘They were aware of these people using bath salts,’ he told the Gazette, adding that the Walls’ address was already a familiar one on the beat.
Both have been charged with going armed to the terror of the people and breaking and entering and Donna Jean Walls faces an additional charge of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence that is not her property.
The Walls were held at the Gaston County Jail under $20,000 secured bonds.
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