Hillsville man charged in N.C. attack

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Rebel Akers is charged with robbery and assault with intent to kill in Surry County, N.C.

By Staff Reports

DOBSON, N.C. — A 56-year-old Hillsville man faces multiple charges in a September attack at a Surry County residence, according to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Graham Atkinson identified those charged in the Sept. 16 incident at 800 Oak Grove Road as Rebel Steniner Akers and Jennifer Dawn Hayes, 31, according to a news release from the Surry County authorities. Both face charges of first-degree kidnapping.
Deputies additionally charged Akers with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

“We received a 911 call early the morning of Sept. 16 that shots had been fired at the home of Terry Long at 800 Oak Grove Road, h Atkinson said in the press release shared with The Gazette. "Officers were not able to get anyone at the residence to give information on the phone, but were able to talk Akers and Hayes into coming out of the residence. They told officers that there was someone else in the residence and he was armed."
The sheriff said the incident was initially reported as a home invasion and officers made entry into the residence where they found Sumner on the floor with a gunshot wound to the chest and a large laceration to his head, according to the authorities. He was unarmed.
Akers said he was at the home and that Sumner and two other men had entered the house without permission looking for Long, the owner of the residence. He said when he told them Long was not home, there was a confrontation and Sumner was shot.
Sumner told deputies he had gone to the residence with two Hispanic men who had left the scene but was unable to give a complete statement at the time of the incident due to his condition.
The sheriff said the investigation was prolonged by the victim's injuries, which left him unable to speak with officers until last week.
They were also able to locate and talk to the two Hispanic men who were with Sumner at the time of the incident. When they told a different version of events, warrants were issued charging Akers and Hayes in the incident.