Man accused of assaulting, robbing elderly woman

By: By William R. Toler - Editor

ROCKINGHAM — A man is facing robbery and kidnapping charges after allegedly attacking an elderly woman.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies on Monday responded to a call on Pauline Drive, in the Little Philadelphia community, in reference to a victim who said she had been assaulted and robbed, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

Investigators say the woman had injuries to her face when deputies arrived.

The victim reportedly told deputies that 39-year-old Terry Levon Watkins, of Crescent Drive, had come to her home and she let him inside. He then allegedly grabbed her and began asking for money, taking her purse and leaving.

(Note: Online records show Watkins’ middle name spelled both “Levon” and “Levone.”)

Investigators say the woman was taken to the hospital, treated for her injuries, and released.

Deputies located Watkins later that day and arrested him one felony charge each of common law robbery, second-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation, as well as a misdemeanor count of assault on a female.

Investigators say he was also arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants for second-degree trespassing, communicating threats and injury to real property. However, those charges did not appear online Wednesday afternoon.

Watkins was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $101,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court July 12.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Watkins was first convicted of assault in 1998 at the age of 19.

In 2004, he was convicted of misdemeanor larceny and breaking and entering.

Two years later, Watkins received his first felony convictions for common law robbery and aiding and abetting second-degree burglary.

Records show he was given probation in all those cases.

However, Watkins’ probation on the latter charges was revoked in 2008 when he was convicted of second-degree burglary, landing him behind bars for nearly 18 months.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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By William R. Toler