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75-year-old escapes from locked trunk after assault

Posted October 7, 2011
Updated October 10, 2011

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— A 75-year-old Northampton County woman escaped from a locked trunk Wednesday and was recovering at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville after two men assaulted her and left her to die, authorities said.

The Northampton County Sheriff's Office arrested two men, one of whom rented a house from Annie Mae Woods, and charged them Friday with numerous crimes, including attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female, Capt. Daryl Harmon said.

Devin Scott Pallone, 18, of Rich Square, and Justin Wade Treakle, 24, of 1486 Lasker Road in Conway, were jailed under separate $150,000 secured bonds.

Harmon said that Woods was taking clothes off a clothesline at her home around 9 p.m. Wednesday when Pallone allegedly hit her over the head and then tried to strangle her.

He said Woods passed out and awoke in the car trunk several hours later. She managed to escape through a trunk release on the vehicle and call 911.

Investigators believe robbery was a motive for the attack. The home had been ransacked and cash was missing from Woods’ purse, Harmon said, although he didn't say how much.

Harmon said Woods only identified Pallone but that they were also able to connect Treakle, who rented from her, to the case. Both men spent time on Woods’ property and helped her with chores, Harmon said.

Treakle is a registered sex offender who served nearly two years in prison after being convicted of four counts of indecent liberties with a child in 2008, state Department of Correction records show

Pallone was placed on probation in June after being convicted of carrying a gun on educational property and altering a serial number.

Harmon said an attack like this is rare in Northampton County, and those who know Woods, a well-known music teacher, are stunned.

"Based on what she went through, that she survived from that, it's a big surprise," he said.

Russell Leake, the headmaster of Northeast Academy, a private school in Lasker, said she has been privately teaching the piano and guitar there for decades

"She's an icon in the community," he said.

"You question yourself, you know, what this world is coming to," he added. "You just hate to see something like this happen to anybody."

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  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 7, 2011

    "Devin Scott Pallone, 18, of Rich Square, and Justin Wade Treakle, 24, of 1486 Lasker Road in Conway, were jailed under a $150,000 secured bond."

    Absurd bond!!!

    Anyone who hurts a child, or an elderly or disabled person should never receive less than a $1M bond. PERIOD!!!

    Praying for the woman.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 7, 2011

    DV - "These boys definitely did not have enough parental involvement in their lives."

    Problem is, today's parents either don't know how to discipline their children, or they're afraid someone will set the law on them if they do.

    Same thing at schools...the educators can't paddle problem children anymore.

    Through modern psychological principles, they've thrown the baby out with the bathwater, and baby has grown up and gotten mean.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 7, 2011

    Storcheim - "I know this will be hard to believe, but in our society, women, especially when they're old and not cute any more, are considered to have no value. If there's no man to answer to, she's in trouble, whether it's being ripped off by the mechanic, auto salesman, or contractor, being patronized on the job and generally in everyday life, or being a target for criminals. And it's not going to change in my lifetime. The early feminists were RIGHT to be angry."

    AMEN!!!

    And we still are.

    ;o)

  • storchheim Oct 7, 2011

    Mike Honcho, it's all well and good to talk about sons and grandsons. Maybe she didn't have any men in her life and that was what made her a target.

    I know this will be hard to believe, but in our society, women, especially when they're old and not cute any more, are considered to have no value. If there's no man to answer to, she's in trouble, whether it's being ripped off by the mechanic, auto salesman, or contractor, being patronized on the job and generally in everyday life, or being a target for criminals. And it's not going to change in my lifetime. The early feminists were RIGHT to be angry.

  • storchheim Oct 7, 2011

    If they wanted to rob her that badly, all they had to do was shove her onto a chair, grab the purse and run! They should not only be locked up forever due to the cruelty of the crime, they should be locked up forever in solitary.

  • gjhanes451 Oct 7, 2011

    Why the Pallone kid was out on the street, I'll never know...was caught with a gun at school last spring.

  • sammysmom Oct 7, 2011

    they left that woman to die!

    we need to start showing the names of the judges who release previously convicted criminals. I'm sorry, but 2 strikes and you are out.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 7, 2011

    Nope the bond amount is most likely right. Sad part is these perts will be out sooner than you think. I'll even bet that they get locked back up while out on probation. They meant to kill this woman, and next time they might.

  • UPTOP Oct 7, 2011

    Wow it's a good thing she knew how to use that latch... good for her... now she can look them in the face while they get their time...

  • dsalter Oct 7, 2011

    It's too bad we have people like these in the world we know. Wouldn't it be nice if we all did as we should. Of course that's not going to happen, so there is an alternative route, like if she had unlocked that trunk while they were still around and came out with a blazing .357 Glock. Of course, that's not the politically correct way...but it works. And more are doing it all the time.

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