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A North Carolina man is on the run after authorities say he pistol-whipped his girlfriend after she refused to break into a home with him.
Alexander Gillett fled on foot after the alleged assault and is wanted by authorities, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began Friday morning when authorities said Gillett wanted to burglarize a home after seeing the owner post valuable items on Facebook, local station WTVD reports. He tried to recruit his girlfriend to help with the break-in but she refused to go along with his plan and he responded by “pistol whipping” her, authorities said.
The woman, who suffered injuries to her face, head and arm from the repeated blows, sought help at a nearby home, while her boyfriend fled on foot, according to the sheriff's office.
Gillett is now facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female, interfering with emergency communications and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the alleged incident, according to the Greensboro News & Record.
He is also wanted on charges of second-degree burglary, safecracking, second-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation in Guilford County in a separate case, Orange County officials told the paper.
Gillett has a lengthy criminal record including past charges for breaking and entering beginning in 2015.
One woman told local station WFMY that Gillett broke into her home several years ago and stole $70,000 dollars worth of valuables, including jewelry, a rifle, televisions and medication. The woman, who asked to stay anonymous, said she was surprised Gillett is no longer behind bars.
Authorities aren’t sure where Gillett is now; he's “considered armed and dangerous” continues, the sheriff’s office said.
He was spotted Sunday by the Greensboro Police Department near a Home Depot, but he managed to evade authorities.
Gillett is described as having hair that is long in the front and short in the back. He’s 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing a black beanie, gray hooded jacket, gray pants and camouflage knee-length boots, authorities said.
Anyone with information about his current whereabouts is urged to contact law enforcement.
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