ROCKINGHAM — A man with previous arson conviction is now facing attempted murder charges for allegedly starting a fire at his ex-girlfriend’s home.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call on Dixieland Drive, not far from Richmond Senior High School, after a woman called to report that her ex-boyfriend had set her house on fire.
The fire was fully involved when the first deputy arrived on the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The fire department was called and deputies began looking for the suspect after receiving a description from the alleged victim.
She reportedly told deputies that she had seen 44-year-old Corey Lamont Carter, of Hamlet, running from the back of her house — and then saw smoke. She then reportedly got her son out of the house before calling law enforcement.
Deputies reportedly saw Carter walking down the road with a gas can and followed him into an abandoned house where he was taken into custody without incident.
According to a press release, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the sheriff’s office with the case and more charges may be forthcoming.
Carter is currently charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and is being held in the Richmond County Jail under a combined $500,000 secured bond.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Carter was convicted of second-degree arson in 1998 and he was incarcerated for fewer than 16 months.
Carter was first convicted in 1993 on three counts of misdemeanor larceny over $200. His probation was revoked and he served 13 months of a four-year sentence.
In 1995, Carter was convicted of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and resisting a public officer.
Carter was convicted of misdemeanor breaking and entering in 1997, which appears to have been upgraded to a felony when his probation was revoked, landing him behind bars for nearly six months.
He was also convicted in 2000 of felony larceny and being a habitual felon and served more than seven years. While in prison, he was convicted in 2003 of assault inflicting serious injury in Nash County.
After being released in July of 2008, Carter found himself again incarcerated in September for 17 months following a conviction of breaking and entering.
Records show Carter was convicted in 2010 on two counts each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering in Scotland County, and in 2011 of larceny of a motor vehicle in Richmond County. He served fewer than four years on those convictions.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.