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Home break-in suspect wanted for attempted murder, sex assault

Posted August 2, 2008

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— The Person County Sheriff's Office says that a Timberlake man suspected in a series of home break-ins is also wanted for attempted murder and attempted sexual assault.

Investigators said the burglaries began after Christopher Dean Trivett, 32, of Saplin Branch Road, stole a car from the Wal-Mart in Roxboro. Trivett then went onto break into at least three houses between 10 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Friday, officials said.

According to warrants, Trivett first broke into a home at 290 Brooks Carr Road in Roxboro while the homeowner was inside. The arrest warrants say he stole two 12-gauge shotguns and .22-caliber rifle worth about $1,500 from the home.

Investigators said that Trivett next broke into a home in the Guess Road area in Hurdle Mills that was occupied by two women. He attempted to sexually assault one woman and tried to kill both women, according to the arrest warrants.

Trivett then wrecked the stolen car and abandoned it across the street from 895 Guess Road. Arrest warrants say that Trivett used a shotgun while breaking into at home at that address.

Trivett faces two charges of attempted first-degree murder, one charge of attempted first-degree sex offense and two charges each of first-degree burglary and felony larceny.

Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said on Friday night that Trivett remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. The search for him has expanded to Orange and Granville counties.

Jones said investigators believe that the home break-ins were not random. All the stolen weapons have been recovered.

Trivett has an extensive criminal record in Person and Granville counties and in Virginia dating to 2002, according to North Carolina Department of Correction records.

A Virginia court placed Trivett on probation in November 2007 after he was convicted a September 2003 larceny.

Trivett was released from a North Carolina prison in July 2006 after serving nearly 2 1/2 years for a probation violation. He had been placed on probation on July 22, 2003, for a series of larcenies and breaking-and-entering of homes and vehicles over nine days in November of that year.

Trivett was ruled in violation of that probation when he was convicted in February 2004 for a motor-vehicle theft committed on July 10, 2003.


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