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UPDATE: Stabbed home invasion suspect is a prison employee

Darnell Troy Hunt



     Darnell Troy Hunt, charged Tuesday in an early Monday burglary and assault that left him with serious stab wounds, is an employee of Tabor Correctional Institution, NC Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins confirmed.

     Hunt was hired Jan. 16, 2018 at TCI as a Correctional Officer II, Higgins said. His current annual salary is $35,076 and as of Tuesday he was a TCI employee, Higgins said.

     An arrest has been made in an early morning home burglary and assault that left the suspect with multiple stab wounds at the hand of his intended victim.

     Darnell Troy Hunt, 23, of Lumberton, surrendered himself at the Columbus County Detention Center in Whiteville Tuesday afternoon, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said.

     Hunt was charged on sheriff’s warrants with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and first degree burglary. His bond was set at $100,000 secured.

     Hunt is charged with breaking into a house on Lester Watts Road, east of Tabor City, and attacking the 24-year-old homeowner in her bed as she slept, Sheriff Jody Greene said in a news release Monday.

     The homeowner was able to reach a knife and fend off her attacker, sending him to the hospital. He was treated at McLeod Loris hospital, then Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. He was apparently released from the hospital Tuesday morning.

     Look for more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.