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Arrests made in separate assaults

SoVaNow.com / August 14, 2013
Arrests were made in two separate assault cases due to the efforts of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with Sheriffs deputies in Person County, N.C. and Dinwiddie County.

Michael Jarrott Gornto, 23, of Roxboro, N.C., the suspect wanted in connection with an Aug. 6 robbery and assault in Clarksville, was arrested Friday in Roxboro, N.C. by the Person County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, who lives on Poodle Lane, Clarksville, told Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputies Andy Ramsey and Tim Garner that he was assaulted by a man who claimed he was responding to the victim’s on-line ad on CraigsList.com.

He described his attacker as being approximately five feet, eight inches tall and weighing 210 pounds, white, with brown hair and a small goatee. At the time, the attacker was driving a grey Toyota pickup truck.

The victim told deputies he was attacked after taking out his wallet to make change for the perpetrator. As a result, he suffered a ruptured eardrum and several bruised ribs, but the deputies reported that he “refused to be transported” to the hospital for medical attention.

During the course of the investigation, Deputy Garner contacted Person County’s Sheriff’s Office asking whether they knew of similar incidents or were familiar with the vehicle. On Friday, a deputy with the Person County Sheriff’s office located a truck and apprehended Gornto. He was identified by the victim from pictures.

Working with the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s office, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Investigator Patty Mills brought about the arrest of two women suspected of assaulting a third woman living in the River Ridge Subdivision in Bracey.

The assault occurred on Aug. 2, according to the report filed by Deputies Mark Thomas and Charlie Bertok.

Cierra Brockwell, 21 and Michelle Blaney, 19, both of McKinney, were visiting a male friend and his girlfriend on Ashepoo Way when they attacked the girlfriend.

The unnamed victim sustained serious injuries and was transported to Community Memorial Healthcenter for treatment. She was later flown to VCU for treatment. Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said even though the victim has been released, the extent of her injuries would require follow-up visits.

Brockwell and Blaney were charged with malicious wounding. They are currently being held in the Meherrin Regional Jail with no bond while awaiting trial.

Hawkins said of the incident, “It shows how well two agencies (Mecklenburg County and Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Departments) work well together. When we called and asked for assistance around 9 p.m, the two were arrested by 11 p.m. I personally would like to thank Sheriff Adams, Investigator Droody, and his staff for such a quick response and assistance to our request.”

Deputy Travis Baisey investigated a break-in at a home in the 19000 block of Highway 47, which took place sometime in the past month.

The victim claimed that sometime between July 9 and Aug. 9, a person or persons forced entry into his residence and removed several items, including a bench grinder, plastic file cabinets, Sony clock radio, silver plates and cups and a cabinet. The total value for the items taken was estimated at $575.

Recently, the Sheriff’s office began receiving a growing number of complaints about gas and gas cans being stolen from residents in the Kingwood subdivision in Buffalo Junction. Deputies responded to these complaints at least six times in the past month.

Cpl. Andy Ramsey and Deputy Travis Baisey, are investigating the cases.





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