2 charged in burglary, assault

By: By William R. Toler - wtoler@civitasmedia.com

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County pair is accused of beating up a man in his own home and stealing from him.

According to warrants, 18-year-old Charlie Gathings and 20-year-old Sierra Willman broke into a home on Sandhills Drive around 12:48 a.m. on June 29 while the victim was home “with the intent to commit larceny.”

Gathings, who shares the same Sandhills Drive address as the victim, allegedly choked the man and punched him in the face.

Willman, of Locust Street in Hamlet, and Gathings then made off with $400 in cash, a cellphone, BB&T debit card and a pocketbook, warrants state.

Willman was arrested July 27 — the same day warrants were issued — and charged with a felony count of first-degree burglary and misdemeanor larceny. She was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond.

Gathings was arrested Aug. 4 and faces the same charges, with an additional felony count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was jailed under a $30,000 bond and ordered not to have contact with the victim.

They are both scheduled to appear in district court Aug. 20.

Online court records show Gathings is also facing misdemeanor charges on two counts of disorderly conduct at a school and one count each of simple affray and resisting an officer in Scotland County.

Willman has no other pending charges.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, neither has past criminal convictions in the state.

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



By William R. Toler