A Johnston County man linked to a series of random home invasions, including a sexual assault, has been convicted of the crime spree.
Between July 26 and August 27, 2014, Tajai Xaviar Flonard, 21, of Futrell Road, Selma forced his way into four homes during the early morning hours and at gunpoint robbed the victims. All of the homes were within a 5-mile radius and were all random targets. In one of the incidents, Flonard sexually assaulted a woman at gunpoint, while other family members were present. Flonard was also charged with the August 2014 attempted armed robbery of the Neighborhood Market on East Lizzie Street in Selma.
Assistant District Attorney Kelly L. Sandling said Flonard was convicted in Johnston County Superior Court on March 10th of first-degree sex offense and four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. He received an active 32-1/2 years in prison.
“The District Attorney’s Office hopes that all of the victims involved in these cases can find closure and can one day feel safe in their homes again,” Sandling said. “These were brazen criminal acts that put the lives of innocent people in harm’s way. Not only did the defendant invade the victims homes, he did so while they were present, committed a violent act while inside and while brandishing a firearm. The lengthy prison sentence in this case is very much appropriate.”