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Former N.C. State basketball player wanted in home invasion

Posted November 5, 2010
Updated November 6, 2010

— Raleigh police filed warrants on Friday to charge a former North Carolina State University basketball player in a Sept. 24 home invasion.

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 said.

Police are trying to locate Grant.

The charges stem from a home invasion on Crossroads Arbor Way on Sept. 24. Police said two men forced their way into an apartment, assaulted two people who were inside and attempted to rob them. The victims fought off the suspects, who fled before completing the robbery.

Police are trying to identify the second suspect.

One of the victims in the robbery, Domonique Andrew Rodgers, 23, was arrested early the next morning on drug charges. Police said he suffered wounds to his head during the attack.

Anyone with information about Grant's whereabouts or the home invasion should contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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.

Gavin Troy Grant Former NCSU player sought in home invasion

Grant's former teammate Will Roach said he saw him on campus a few months ago, and didn't notice any signs of trouble.

"He seemed great, very positive. It was (high) fives and hugs," Roach said.

Former teammate Julius Hodge grew up with Grant in New York.

"It hurts my heart. I knew Gavin since he was really young and you really never wish an event like this to happen," Hodge said.

Hodge said he hopes for the best for his former teammate, and believes there is a lesson in this for all young players.

"You just don't want to take away your chance, your opportunity," he said.

Grant was charged with a felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses in January 2009.

Five years ago, Grant, who was born in Jamaica, was in danger of being deported for being in the United States illegally.

Grant moved to New York when he was 9 years old and did not have valid paperwork to be in the country. Immigration officials began removal proceedings in October 2005.

They were eventually closed, and Grant was allowed to proceed with an application for permanent resident status.


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  • andy2 Nov 5, 2010

    grayboomerang - If you can't take it go back and read your readers digest. This board is open for discussion.

  • grayboomerang Nov 5, 2010

    Oh good grief...here we go with the Tarheel vs Wolfpack garbage again. Newsflash...this kid wasn't playing on the team when he committed the crime....and it sounds like a very serious/potentially deadly crime. I hope the victims are okay.

    Could you people for once grow up and stop hurling insults over sports teams? I would hazard a guess that a good number of you never attended either school. I'm sorry, but if a college sports team defines you, then you need a life.

  • andy2 Nov 5, 2010

    nomorethanthat - Are you kidding? What are you saying that UNC does not deserve the beating over cheating? Are you trying say Gavin must have cheated because that is how they get by UNC?

  • ronbo Nov 5, 2010

    Sorry, but Herb Sendek was the best coach you all have had in a long time.

  • avidreader Nov 5, 2010

    School connections have nothing to do with any of this. Low life is low life, regardless of whether they bleed red or blue or purple or orange. As far as I am concerned, none of the schools have a leg to stand on when it comes to players and what they are capable of doing.

  • US VET Nov 5, 2010

    nothing unexpected.

  • bepack Nov 5, 2010

    Can we rehire Herb for a day and fire him on the spot for recruiting GG? I'm still upset that Herb slipped out of town before we could fire him the first time?

  • nomorethanthat Nov 5, 2010

    Questions to all you NCSU stalwarts, did Gavin graduate and if he did then what degree did he receive and in the light as what has happened at UNC did he honestly earn it academically?

  • boneymaroney13 Nov 5, 2010

    Shouldn't you be talking to the police if you have evidence of the "Jordan" robbery? Or are you just talking?

  • betteroff Nov 5, 2010

    Innocent until proven guilty. OJ appeared to be on the run right? I should report abuse on some of you.