Suspect Reportedly Threatened To Shoot Homeowner Through The Door
CLAYTON – An armed suspect is facing a dozen criminal charges after he reportedly terrorized four people with a gun July 4th in their Clayton neighborhood. Around 6:00pm Monday, Johnston County deputies responded to Valleyfield Drive in the Magnolia Village subdivision off NC Highway 42 East.
Authorities said a resident was standing in her garage, with the garage door partially open, when a stranger armed with a handgun walked in and approached her. She ran inside her home and locked the door. The suspect allegedly threatened to shoot the victim through the door.
Before officers arrived, Eli Antonio Arrington of Raleigh, allegedly pointed the firearm towards three other people along Valleyfield Drive. When deputies located Arrington he was reportedly pointing his handgun at a house he claimed was owned by his aunt. The occupants of the home stated they did not know Arrington. He was disarmed without further incident.
After being handcuffed and placed inside a patrol car, Arrington allegedly damaged the officer’s laptop computer.
He was transported to the Johnston County Jail and charged with 12 criminal offenses including going armed to the terror of the public, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats, injury to property, breaking and entering to terrorize or injure and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Officers said it appeared the 30 year-old suspect was under the influence of an unknown impairing substance.
Despite the serious criminal charges, Arrington was granted a low bond of only $50,000.
According to the NC Department of Public Safety website, Arrington was convicted in October 2020 of second-degree burglary that occurred in July 2018 in Wake County. He was sentenced to 24 months probation. He also has a prior conviction for assault on a female.