Man charged in break-in, resident assault

By Chris Berendt -


PLAIN VIEW — A Clayton man who allegedly broke into a Plain View residence and assaulted the resident with a wooden board is facing two felony charges, including a fairly new offense of terrorizing and injuring the break-in victim.

Terrance Jermaine Smith, 25, of 405 Champion St., Clayton, was charged on Saturday with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure.

Smith’s bond set at $50,000 and he was given a court date of Oct. 21. He was also served a charge of driving while license revoked out of Johnston County, which tacked on an additional $2,000 bond.

Reports state that the victim, Rafael Flores, 56, of Country Manor Lane, Dunn, was assaulted with a “solid wooden board” in the incident at his resident, reported just after 10 p.m. Friday. Smith was booked in the Sampson County Detention Center at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

Flores sustained severe injuries in the assault and was transported to Betsy Johnson for treatment. His condition was not immediately known, but initial reports indicated that he suffered broken bones in the assault.

“The suspect broke into the residence and assaulted the victim with a 2-by-4, causing severe injuries to the victim,” Lt. Marcus Smith said. “Through the investigation, it was learned from a witness who the suspect was and further investigation established enough probable cause to charge the suspect in the incident.”

Lt. Smith explained that the breaking and entering with the intent injure or terrorize charge is a “fairly new” offense. Previously, a residence could be broken into without the intent to commit larceny a suspect would receive a charge of misdemeanor breaking and entering. If an assault took place, the misdemeanor break-in charge would be accompanied by the appropriate assault charge, depending on the type and severity of the assault, Smith noted.

“Under this new law, you can be charged with the same class felony as a breaking, entering and larceny if you break into a home and don’t commit a larceny, but injure or terrorize a victim,” said Smith. “This charge is in addition of course to the appropriate assault charges.”

Nothing was reported stolen in the incident. Lt. Smith declined to discuss a possible motive in the break-in and assault, noting that the investigation was still ongoing.

“It’s still under investigation,” he said, “and more charges are possible.”


By Chris Berendt

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.


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