Suspect in Columbus County home invasion works at county prison

Updated: Oct. 2, 2019 at 4:35 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A man accused of breaking into a Columbus County home and attacking a woman before she fought him off with a knife works at a prison in the county.

According to a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Public Safety, 23-year-old Troy Darnel Hunt of Lumberton is a correctional officer at Tabor Correctional Institution in Columbus County.

Hunt allegedly broke into a home along Lester Watts Road outside of Tabor City around 12:40 a.m. Monday.

A spokeswoman for the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and emergency crews responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call about a stabbing and found Hunt at the home suffering from stab wounds.

He was taken to a Loris, S.C. hospital for treatment. He was later transferred to Grand Strand Regional in Myrtle Beach where he continued to recover.

After an investigation, deputies determined that Hunt broke into the residence and assaulted the homeowner as she was sleeping. The victim managed to grab a knife and stab Hunt multiple times.

Hunt was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree burglary, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

He was given a $100,000 bond.

The NCDPS spokesperson didn’t immediately know if Hunt is facing disciplinary action following his arrest and was waiting to hear back, as of Wednesday evening.

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