Three North Carolina men have been arrested and charged with attempting to break into NASCAR owner Richard Childress’ home on Dec. 17.
Childress and his wife Judy were at home when the attempted break-in occurred. The couple heard a crash downstairs, the sheriff’s office said. The three suspects had shattered a window which activated an alarm.
According to the police report, Childress said the suspect had their faces covered, and were carrying what appeared to be guns.
After hearing the glass break Childress retrieved his own weapon before going to investigate, the sheriff’s office said. When he saw the suspects inside his house he fired.
No one was injured, and nothing was taken from the Childress house, said Davidson County Sheriff David Grice.
According to the sheriff’s office report, Childress said he felt, “the only reason he and his wife were here today was because of God and the Second Amendment.”
Childress had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.
According to a Davidson County Sheriff’s Office news release, sheriff’s investigators learned from the Winston-Salem Police Department that three firearms used at Childress’ home matched firearms that had been stolen on Dec. 15 in a break-in in Winston-Salem.
Three suspects were identified in the Dec. 15 firearm theft and after further investigation, it was learned that all three of those suspects matched the physical descriptions of the suspects in the Childress attempted burglary.
With assistance from Winston-Salem police and the State Bureau of Investigation, Davidson County Sheriff’s investigators executed search warrants on two residences.
Evidence was found during the searches connecting the three suspects to both the Dec. 15 break-in and the attempted burglary at Childress’ home on Hampton Road in Davidson County.
The three men who were arrested Friday are:
• Niquan Victorin, 20, of 651 Summit St., Apt. N, Winston-Salem;
• Chantz Kade Hines, 18, of 3950 Parkview Court, Winston-Salem; and
• Armeka Vantonne Spinks age not released, of 410 Heilig Ave., Salisbury.
All three are each charged with attempted first-degree burglary and first-degree trespassing.