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Authorities seek DNA in home invasion

Posted January 31, 2011
Updated October 11, 2011

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— Police asked Monday that a former North Carolina State University basketball player suspected in a home invasion give a DNA sample to be matched to evidence left at the scene.

Gavin Troy Grant, 25, is charged with first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Police say he and another man forced their way into an apartment on Crossroads Arbor Way on Sept. 24, 2010.

Grant was a forward/guard for N.C. State from 2004 to 2007. He played for the Utah Flash in the NBA Development League from 2007 to 2010. 

Grant's bond was set at $505,000, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer on him, meaning he cannot be released even if he posts bond.

A native of Jamaica, he moved to the U.S. illegally when he was 9 years old. Immigration officials halted deportation proceedings against him when he applied to become a permanent resident alien.

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  • sixtyfathomsdown Feb 3, 2011

    Interesting that WRAL has ALSO posted a story about the NAACP wanting to "discuss" diversity with the WCSB and the Supe. All one has to do is look at THIS story to see the REAL face of "diversity" and "multiculturalism." And so, I ask you liberals out there: Tell me how, exactly, MY child will become better educated by bussing him/her to an inferior school...and how MY child will become better educated when people like Gavin Grant are handed a free education, a free lunch and a free pass.

  • aldurham Feb 1, 2011

    as it turns out, committing a home invasion and assault with a deadly weapon is pretty serious. who knew?

    ""505K bond ? Child molesters get less." - ncguy

    I agree with ncguy. They are going a bit overboard with the bond. And it's pretty messed up that he's getting a focal point in this case when there is someone else that's still free that had also committed this crime"

  • tritonlm6 Feb 1, 2011

    Essentially this guy has been breaking the law since he was 9 years old. It appears that he's been handed/earned a number of opportunities.....college, college hoops, NBA development league... And he's blown it all. Can we send him back to Jamaica?

  • ccs1920 Feb 1, 2011

    You can take the kid out of Jamaica but you can't take Jamaica out of the kid.

  • wavesofmercy7 Feb 1, 2011

    "505K bond ?
    Child molesters get less." - ncguy

    I agree with ncguy. They are going a bit overboard with the bond. And it's pretty messed up that he's getting a focal point in this case when there is someone else that's still free that had also committed this crime

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 1, 2011

    "I'm just glad NC State fired Jim Valvano back in 1990 to 'restore the academic integrity of the university'."

    Wonder when Carolina will do the same.

  • aestrella2 Feb 1, 2011

    Even those that go to college and seem to be on the right track make mistakes but, they did make a choice for whatever reason to do the wrong thing. Misguidance? Possibly. Stupidity? More plausible. No matter how old or level of education, we all make choices. We are given choices everyday of our lives. The choice to brush your teeth, go to work, be a good citizen and of course the choice to do the right thing when faced with the choice to commit a crime. People need to be held accountable for all their actions. Let's not make excuses to justify stupidity and bad decisions.

  • Sherlock Feb 1, 2011

    james27613,
    He was allowed because he palyed basketball and that is all that matters, gettign good grades or aan education is at the bottom of the list for this school as well as others in the state.

  • Sherlock Feb 1, 2011

    And we paid for his education??

  • gswalker51 Feb 1, 2011

    I'm just glad NC State fired Jim Valvano back in 1990 to "restore the academic integrity of the university". 20 years later, the only thing NC State is known for is John Edwards, Robert Gibbs, paying Mary Easley $170K to teach part time and be the wife of our recently convicted former Governor, and no-talent former college athlete clowns like this.

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