Third suspect charged in connection with assault of 83-year-old man in LaGrange


LAGRANGE, N.C. (WNCT) Officials have charged a third suspect involved in the assault of an 83-year-old man in LaGrange on October 27.

On November 28, the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division served additional warrants in relation to the attempted murder incident reported in LaGrange on October 27 where an 83-year-old man was attacked in his home and was seriously injured.

The arrest comes after detectives found probable cause to believe Tiera Gardner was involved in the planning of the crime with the suspect Anthony Dawson

The investigation has shown that Gardner spoke directly with the suspect and identified the victim as a target for the crime based on her personal knowledge and relationship to the victim.

Gardner was charged with felony conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary.

She was sent to the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.


LAGRANGE, N.C. (WNCT) Officials have arrested two suspects involved in the assault of an 83-year-old man in LaGrange on October 27.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the attempted murder of an 83-year-old man.

The suspect broke into the victim’s home and violently assaulted him.

The suspect fled the scene after stealing the victim’s vehicle.

Detectives have followed up on leads after the victim’s vehicle was located in Goldsboro and one was developed due to an arrest by the Goldsboro Police Department.

On October 27 around 9:00 a.m., the Goldsboro Police Department arrested a person for a separate crime in the area where the stolen vehicle was located.

Detectives followed up on that arrest and were able to identify stolen property and camera footage that assisted with connecting the suspect arrested by Goldsboro Police Department to the vehicle and the crime.

On Wednesday, Lenoir County Detectives charged Anthony Rashad Dawson, 29, of LaGrange, with attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary, felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods.

Dawson was already in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Detention Center under the Goldsboro charges.

Dawson was served with these new charges by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and given a $500,000 bond.

Detectives also developed evidence that Kayla Massey assisted the suspect after the attempted murder.

Massey has been charged with accessory after the fact – attempted murder.

Lenoir County Detectives arrested Massey for these charges and she has been confined in the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Detention Center under a $65,000 secured bond.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Olive Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations.


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) Deputies are trying to identify a suspect wanted for assaulting an 83-year-old man during a residential break-in in LaGrange.

On October 27 the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hickory Nut Street in LaGrange to a burglary call.

Deputies discovered that an unknown suspect had broken into the residence of an 83-year male victim and had severely assaulted the victim causing life-threatening injuries and stole his vehicle.

The victim was later found by family members checking on him when they could not make contact.

The victim’s vehicle was recovered in Goldsboro, leading detectives to believe that the suspect(s) frequent the Goldsboro area.

Deputies are offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest of a suspect in the incident.

If you have information to assist in the investigation, call Kinston Lenoir County Crimestoppers at 252-523-4444.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

LKQD Outstream

Trending Stories