Three young men — all aged 18 and 20 — have been arrested in the attempted break in at Richard Childress’ home last month, according to a press release by the Davidson (NC) Sheriff’s Department.
The suspects were arrested inside the city limits of Winston Salem.
The firearms used in the attempted burglary were stolen, and authorities said the weapons matched the description of those used in the Childress incident. From there, authorities were able to track down the suspects.
Childless, the NASCAR Hall of Famer, was home with his wife when he heard a window break. He grabbed his handgun and went to investigate. He opened the front door, fired three shots, and the intruders fled. None of the men actually made their way into Childress’ home.
His surveillance camera caught three suspects who tried to conceal their identity. But Sheriff David Grice told Alt-Driver said that, based on the surveillance video at Childress’ home, one suspect appeared to be carrying a “a rifle, sort of an AR-type rifle with 25-30 round magazine,” a shotgun and a handgun. The suspects were covered head to toe and authorities can only see their eyes.
The suspects — . Niquan Victorin, 20, Chantz Hines, 18, and Armeka Spinks, 18 — were all questioned and arrested and charged with attempted 1st Degree Burglary and 1st Degree Trespassing. They’re all being held in the Davidson County Detention Center under a $250,000.00 secured bond, and are scheduled to appear in Lexington District Court on January 29.
Here’s the full release:
Sheriff Grice said that on Friday December 29, 2017 Davidson County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested three individuals for the Attempted First Degree Burglary of Richard Childress’s residence on Hampton Rd. On Sunday, December 17, 2017, Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an Attempted Burglary on Hampton Road. At approximately 10:30pm, three unidentified suspects attempted to gain entry into an occupied residence. The three suspects were clothed in a manner to conceal their identities and were all armed with various firearms. After being contacted by WSPD, Sheriff’s Investigators learned that three firearms matching the description of those used in the Attempted Burglary had been reported stolen to WSPD on December 15, 2017. Three suspects were identified in the house breaking and after further investigation it was learned that all three of these suspects matched the physical descriptions of the suspects in the Attempted Burglary. With assistance from the WSPD and the North Carolina SBI, Detectives with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division executed search warrants on two residences inside the city limits of Winston Salem. Pursuant to the execution of the search warrants, evidence was located connecting the three suspects to both the house breaking in Winston Salem and the Attempted Burglary in Davidson County. Niquan Victorin, Chantz Hines and Armeka Spinks were interviewed and subsequently arrested and charged with one count each of Attempted 1st Degree Burglary and 1st Degree Trespassing. Victorin, Hines and Spinks were placed in the Davidson County Detention Center under a $250,000.00 secured bond and are scheduled to appear in Lexington District Court on January 29, 2018.