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Man Sought After Home Invasion, Sexual Assault

Posted January 10, 2008
Updated January 19, 2008

— Roanoke Rapids police are searching for a man they say forced his way into a house with a sledgehammer and sexually assaulted a woman inside.

The assault took place during the early morning hours Wednesday in a house off Allsbrook Highway.

The victim told police that a man used a sledgehammer to knock in the front door of her house. Once inside, the man placed the woman and her child in separate bedrooms. While separated, the man held the woman at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Allen Thomas Grant of Gaston was charged by police with first-degree burglary, first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense, first-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of burglary tools, interfering with emergency communications and assault on a female.

Grant was last seen driving a white 2005 Chevrolet Silverado extended-cab pickup, with North Carolina plates, TTN1425.


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  • ECUComputerGeek Jan 21, 2008

    What a tragic ending to this story. May God be with both his family and the victim's family.

  • mickyfan Jan 12, 2008

    The windows were beat out with a ball bat. The victims family members did it wed. morning. I am sure. My info came from poeple in the know with this case.

  • ECUPirateFan Jan 12, 2008

    Are you sure on the shots fired last night? Just talked with someone who said they heard it on the police scanner last night. They heard Allens name and it sounded like the police where chasing him. They are pretty sure they heard he fired shots through the windows of the victims house.
    Supposedly his windows were shot out on his small truck and he was mad about it.

  • pantherfan74 Jan 12, 2008

    Yes, thats true mickyfan. His oldest and his youngest have only had him around for a short time. Now, when he's caught, they will both lose him again. I do feel sorry for them.

  • mickyfan Jan 12, 2008

    I think that the ones that are affected the most are the victims and Allens kids. They are the ones that he is hurting the most. I do feel sorry for Allen, but I feel more sorry for his victims and his kids.

  • pantherfan74 Jan 12, 2008

    I agree that it is sad, for everyone, including Allen, and I know his life wasn't easy, but people can change if that's what they choose. He just won't accept that this is his fault. If he ever realizes that he's the common factor among all these women, then I think he could get some help. But I feel he will never realize that. And I doubt he'll receive any help in prison, but unfortunately he can't be allowed to continue to take out his aggressions and paranoia on innocent women, and in this case her child who had to witness some of the event.

  • mickyfan Jan 12, 2008

    I think it was not even 3 days. I am pretty sure he has contacted his dad. Yeah his dad picked him up but they haven't been getting alomg so well lately either. He had only been showering and washing clothes at his dads house. He had been crashing at friend and familys houses for about the last 6 weeks. I know that his dad would and probably is helping. Allen always goes to him when he is in trouble.

  • ECUPirateFan Jan 12, 2008

    Micky, I also think the November incident was a cry for help, which obviously he didn't get. He should have been charged then, maybe he could have gotten help then.

    I wouldn't think his mom would be helping, but I am sure his dad would help if Allen asked.

  • ECUPirateFan Jan 12, 2008

    Pantherfan, its not harsh to want him caught, tried, and convicted. Unfortunately, its what he deserves. I do feel sorry for Allen. He had a very disfunctional childhood. His live changed drastically when his parents divorced. I also feel sorry for the victims. I knew his first victim and I know the family of the second victim. I moved away from Gaston several years ago, but knew them all growing up. Even though I don't live there anymore, they were all childhood freinds and its very sad. Its a sad situation!

  • pantherfan74 Jan 12, 2008

    Not family? Hmmm, now you've got me thinking. Yes I knew he and his mother weren't talking. I remember last November's incident, I wish charges would have been pressed at that time, and he didn't spend a lot of time committed, what was it, three days? And his father picked him up when he was released, so yeah i think he and his dad have been talking.