Stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder, assault on unborn child

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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 5:00 pm

A woman is recovering from injuries suffered after her ex-boyfriend cut and stabbed her Monday night at a convenience store near Roanoke Rapids.

Det. Lt. Bobby Martin said deputies and investigators responded to the Marathon at the intersection of Highway 158 and Zoo Road Monday night in response to a domestic violence-related assault.

“Deputy Matt Brown and Lt. Neil Aycock were able to determine that a robbery had not occurred but instead it was a domestic dispute that resulted in the victim being stabbed and cut several times,” Martin said.

Martin said a woman was attacked, cut and stabbed by an ex-boyfriend, who entered the store and attacked her, then fled the scene.

“With the suspect information and vehicle information, Lt. Aycock began to relay information to other agencies in an effort to get (Antonio Gilchrist) captured before he could get too far away,” Martin said. “Lt. Aycock’ s quick dissemination of the information on the suspect and the car was key in the capture of the suspect. Lt. Doug Pilgreen also aided in the information getting out quickly.”

The sheriff’s office was notified around 7:40 p.m. that Gilchrist, 22, was stopped and taken into custody by Emporia Police Department without incident.

The victim was taken to Halifax Regional and then transferred to another facility, Martin said. She is in stable condition and is expected to recover fully.

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office picked up Gilchrist from Greensville County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center today.

Gilchrist was extradited to Halifax County to have several warrants served on him, including attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault on an unborn child.

Gilchrist is jailed under no bond. He has a Jan. 16 court date.

“The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office would like extend gratitude to Officer Osborne, Det. Wright, Officer Turner, as well as other officers of the Emporia Police Department for the quick apprehension of the Mr. Gilchrist,” Det. Sgt. Herbert Williams said.

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