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Goldsboro man charged with arson, burglary in apartment fire

Posted August 15, 2010

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— A 26-year-old Goldsboro man was charged with burglarizing an apartment Friday night and then setting a fire that damaged four units.

Donte Gevion Davis, of 410-A N. George St., faces charges of second-degree arson, second-degree burglary and attempted felonious larceny in connection with the late-night fire at 134 Astor Court.

Vanisha Thompson told police that she and left her apartment for about a half-hour when she heard a fire alarm. She and her boyfriend, Cortez McNair, opened the front door to see smoke.

She told police they also saw Davis, who she knew as Donte, walking from the back bedroom carrying a stereo. McNair confronted Davis, who fled.

Thompson ran into the back bedroom and saw two bags of her clothing on fire, police said. She and McNair got away safely from the fire and called 911.

Officers found Davis sitting on a couch in the living room of an apartment at 118 Rockefeller Court in the same complex. Police said that Thompson identified him as the man she saw leaving the bedroom where the fire started. He was arrested and placed in the Wayne County jail under a $25,000 secured bond.

Four families were displaced by the fire. No one was injured.

State Department of Correction records show that Davis was on probation for a July 19 conviction for larceny in Wayne County.

He also has prior convictions for felony breaking-and-entering, assault on a female, willful or wanton injury to real property and driving while impaired, according to DOC records. He has served one 10 month-sentence for probation violations.

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