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Woman sought for trying to run over ex-boyfriend, setting fire to his house

Posted November 23, 2009

— Rocky Mount police are searching for a 51-year-old woman after her ex-boyfriend said she tried to run over him and set a vehicle fire that spread to his house Saturday evening.

Calvin Dancy said that he and Shonda Tripp were watching TV at his Cedar Street house when they heard noises outside. Dancy told police that he looked outside and saw his ex-girlfriend, Gwendelyn Archabell, getting into her car and driving away.

Tripp's car was engulfed in flames, so Dancy and Tripp ran out of the house and called 911, police said. While they were standing on Union Street, Archabell returned, drove toward them and swerved as if she intended to hit them.

The fire spread to Dancy's house before firefighters put it out. No one was injured.

Archabell is being sought on charges of first-degree arson, burning of personal property and assault with a deadly weapon.

She is described as a black woman, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 186 pounds. She is driving a burgundy 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible, with N.C. license plate TTM-5360. Her last known address is 809 School St.

According to state Department of Correction records, Archabell was convicted in 1999 of assault by pointing a gun, wanton injury to person or property under $200 and resisting an officer.


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  • redgirl090 Nov 23, 2009

    well,im the person that was with him and it was not like that.he was cheating they didnt even go together. and im just a FRIEND nothing more or less than that.i felt like my life was in danger.she is locked up now she will have time to think about now.

  • twc Nov 23, 2009

    I wonder if she will be charged with assault on a male?

  • hpr641 Nov 23, 2009

    Lady, "Before He Cheats" was JUST a song ... it was NOT intended as some sort of call to action, OK?

  • ooooooooooooooooo Nov 23, 2009


    I was thinking the very same thing.

  • diana123 Nov 23, 2009

    probably had it coming.

  • TonkaTime1 Nov 23, 2009

    When keeping it real goes wrong...

  • jkca Nov 23, 2009

    It's pretty bad that just by reading the headlines I know that it happened in RMT. My "guess the city game" has been quite accurate thus far. And most of the time, RMT is the winning city!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 23, 2009

    malave27896: "I would love to know the rest of the story."

    I was interested in more history also.... until I read the following quote. I have zero interest in criminals' lives.

    jhilfiker2001: "Actually all three of them have records and should it be a surprise that drugs are a common charge?"

  • prettylittleangeleyes Nov 23, 2009

    I wish she would have gotten my exes house too while she was at it!

  • malave27896 Nov 23, 2009

    Is there a domestic violence history for them together in the past, was he cheating on her, I'm sure that there is more to the story I wish we only knew. But she still did not have to set his home on fire. I would love to know the rest of the story.