Stokes County abuzz over pistol-whip home invasion, recent crime wave

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. -- There was no escaping the talk of the town all over Stokes County after a wave of crime that included a home invasion Monday night in which a woman was pistol-whipped.

The home invasion happened on Volunteer Road in Pinnacle. According to the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office, a woman answered a knock on the door and two men forced their way inside.

“The woman was held at gun point and they took electronics from her home,” said Captain Thomas Sands with the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office.

Sands said the woman, in her 50s, was injured but treated by paramedics and skipped a trip to the hospital.

Neighbors were shocked by the crime.

“That lady needs to get a gun,” said Ryan Jackson, who lives near Volunteer Road and worries about the safety of his own family.

“These people are after money, they’re after pills,” said Jackson. “I think people need to be really cautious about opening doors and pay attention to your surroundings. I got a barn and stuff around my house. Anybody can hide in that barn and sneak right in on you.”

Jackson was one of many people visiting a convenience store off Highway 8 Tuesday discussing crime and the manhunt for some breaking and entering suspects that went on just down the road near Bolejack Road that put two schools on lockdown.

Two were caught quickly but a third remains elusive.

“We feel like we had the suspect confined in one area but just to be on the safe side -- just in case -- we did lockdowns at South Stokes High School and Germanton Elementary School and also put officers at the schools,” said Sheriff Mike Marshall.

Marshall said a dog tracked the suspect to a home on Hampton Road. When sheriff’s deputies questioned the homeowner they realized the suspect had broken into the home while the man was in the shower, taken a set of keys from the counter and stolen his Honda Pilot.

The silver SUV is registered with North Carolina license plate XTW-9480 affixed to the trunk.

The sheriff said the suspect is black, in his 20s and lives in the Winston-Salem area. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

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