Richmond Co. deputies: Pair robbed the same victim twice, a month apart



ROCKINGHAM — A man and woman are facing multiple felony charges after deputies say they robbed the same man twice.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call on Feb. 4 from a man on Double L Road in the Pine Lakes subdivision who said he had been robbed.

Investigators say victim told them a man had knocked on his door and came into the house, produced a stun gun and demanded the victim’s money, leaving with “an undisclosed amount of cash.”

Exactly one month later, March 4, deputies returned to the same house, with the victim saying he had been robbed again and believed the suspect to be the same man from before, according to investigators.

This time, the victim said the suspect came in through a locked door and left with money and a shotgun.

On March 8, the sheriff’s office assisted N.C. Probation and Parole officers with arresting 25-year-old Matthew Dale Knight, of Forest Street, on a probation violation. The following day, he was charged with the robberies while still in jail.

Deputies also arrested 24-year-old Victoria Lynn Chavis, of Garrett Street, for her alleged role in the robberies.

Both Knight and Chavis are charged with one felony count each of common law robbery, first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. Knight is facing an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

They were both booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $75,000 secured bond with a court appearance scheduled for April 13.

Online court records show Knight is also facing a felony count of breaking and entering and 5 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, as well as multiple traffic violations. Chavis also has a pending misdemeanor larceny charge and three counts of violating parole from 2014.

Between November 2015 and March 2016, Knight was convicted of misdemeanor larceny in Moore, Scotland and Richmond counties — as well as felony larceny and possession of stolen goods in Richmond — spending eight months behind bars, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

His adult criminal record dates back to 2008 and includes convictions of giving fictitious information to a law enforcement officer, possessing stolen goods, and breaking and entering.

Records show Chavis was convicted of: two counts of misdemeanor larceny in Richmond County (2014); driving while impaired in Lincoln County (2014); misdemeanor larceny in Cumberland County (2010); two misdemeanor counts of common law forgery and a count of misdemeanor larceny in Richmond County (2010).

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_toler.


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