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    Neighbors: Accused rapist demonstrated disturbing behavior before attack | rapist, gastonia, caliber - Top Story - Gaston Gazette

    A single hole from a .22-caliber bullet dotted the master bedroom door of the Gastonia home Wednesday — evidence of a woman’s futile attempt to ward off an attacker.

    Below it was destruction — a gaping cavity flanked by broken pieces of wood, where someone furiously kicked in the door until the lock finally buckled under the pressure.

    Gastonia police say it was the scene where a woman was violently raped by a 23-year-old Gastonia man on Tuesday night, despite her firing a gun at the suspect and pleading for help in a 911 call as he forced his way into the bedroom.

    The woman, who is in her 20s, called 911 about a breaking and entering at 10:36 p.m. The sounds of a commotion and the woman’s screams can be heard in a recording of that call, before the line suddenly goes dead.

    When police arrived, they found Darrell Matthew Gore of 2418 Rogers Ave. coming out of the woman’s home with a stab wound to the chest, said Gastonia Police Sgt. Jeff Clark.

    Gore was charged with second-degree rape and first-degree burglary, and booked into the Gaston County Jail under a $200,000 bond. A judge increased his bond to $750,000 during Gore’s first appearance in court Wednesday.

    A violent scene

    Clark described a violent series of events at the woman’s home. She did not know her attacker, he said.

    “When he first broke in, she fought with him briefly and then locked herself in a bedroom,” Clark said. “She had a gun and fired a shot at him through the door.”

    But the gun jammed on her and she was unable to fire it again, Clark said. Gore was then able to tear the door down. The woman also had a shotgun, but was unable to fire it before Gore wrestled it away from her, Clark said.

    She was then able to stab him in the chest, but the wound was superficial and only needed a few stitches, Clark said.

    “This guy was very violent,” Clark said.

    Gore allegedly made a confession to a nurse at Gaston Memorial Hospital. When the nurse asked what had caused his injuries, he allegedly told the nurse that he had broken into a home to rape a woman and she had stabbed him, Clark said.

    Neighbors tell of signs

    Neighbors who live on the same block as Gore said they were horrified and infuriated Wednesday. Several said they have complained to Gastonia police about Gore exhibiting threatening behavior for the last two years, though they were told it often involved unchargeable offenses.

    “This is not just an isolated incident,” said Mary Weaver of Rogers Avenue. “I just feel this could have been prevented.”

    Gore lives at 2418 Rogers Ave. with other family members, neighbors said. The family began renting the home about two years ago, and problems with Gore began shortly after, Weaver said.

    Gore was charged with injury to real property and assault on a female in 2007, but the charges were dismissed because there was no prosecution witness. He was charged with second-degree trespassing and disorderly conduct in February of this year, but the charges again were dismissed, according to a North Carolina criminal records check.

    A public disturbance charge filed against Gore in August is pending.

    On Sept. 5, a 77-year-old woman told police that a neighbor entered her residence on Rogers Avenue without her permission and assaulted her by grabbing her. He was then chased away by someone else, according to the report. Charges were never filed.

    Other strange behavior preceded that. Weaver said Gore walked up behind her young son while he was mowing grass one day and grabbed his neck with both hands. Another resident, Tony Polk, said Gore has previously knocked on his door making strange requests, and that Gore once tried to follow his wife into their house.

    When neighbors complained to Gore, he would apologize and say he “wants no trouble,” Polk said.

    “We try to be nice to the boy,” said Polk. “I felt sorry for him because he didn’t act like he was all there.

    “But this shouldn’t have happened. He knew right from wrong.”

    One unloaded weapon

    The Gazette is withholding certain personal information about the woman and her family members, in accordance with its policy of not identifying accusers of sexual assault.

    A man who identified himself as the stepbrother of the woman’s husband said the couple had just bought the house where the attack occurred, and moved in three weeks ago. He said Wednesday afternoon that she was still severely emotionally distraught.

    At the time the woman arrived home just before 10:30 p.m., her husband was still at work, the relative said. Shortly after she went inside, she heard a knock at the door, which does not have a peephole.

    “She thought she had latched the front door,” the relative said. “So she cracked the door to look outside, and he’d already opened the screen door.”

    Gore immediately forced his way inside. The woman fled through the house, at one point throwing a kitchen chair into his path as she ran toward the bedroom, where she locked the door, the relative said.

    She dialed 911 on her cell phone and pulled a .22-caliber pistol out of her purse, firing once at an angle through the door before the gun jammed, the relative said. The bullet went through the door and lodged in an adjacent wall.

    As Gore continued to kick and beat his way through the door, and as the woman screamed for help on the 911 call, she picked up a shotgun. She fired it at him as he came through, but the chamber was empty, the relative said.

    Gore then slapped the flip-style cell phone from her hand, and the 911 call ended when it closed, the relative said. She stabbed him with a “punch dagger” that was on the nightstand, but it was not enough to stop the attack, he said.

    The woman’s husband has several loaded firearms inside the residence for home defense, but the shotgun happened to be the only one without ammunition, the relative said.

    Gastonia Police Sgt. Jeff Clark agreed that the woman had done everything in her power to stop the attack.

    “She was a fighter,” he said. “She fought like crazy.”

    This happened not far from where I live...Seems she tried to do everything right (except for opening the door in the first place) . This kind of stuffs just breaks my heart.

    Just one more example of why you should have a loaded reliable reliable firearm within reach.
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    And it's another example why people SHOULD NOT open their door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AWDeanSr View Post
    Just one more example of why you should have a loaded reliable firearm within reach.
    The firearm she did have within reach -- the .22 in her purse -- apparently was loaded, but jammed after one shot. IMO, the real lesson here is to have a RELIABLE gun on hand.

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    Another lesson is: Know how to use the gun you have. If all she could carry was a .22 and that's what she had at the time, knowing how to correct a malfunction could have saved her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgg9 View Post
    The firearm she did have within reach -- the .22 in her purse -- apparently was loaded, but jammed after one shot. IMO, the real lesson here is to have a RELIABLE gun on hand.
    I hate to hear about things like this. The only thing reliable is ourselves. Why place trust in something created by man that can fail? Other ways to deter a rapist, gouge out their eyes, piss on 'em. Relying on firearms to protect ourselves is really fickle thinking in a way. If we were more adamant about our survival, we wouldn't need firearms at all.

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    At least she fought with everything she was able to get ahold of. Hopefully, she will be able to walk away from this with out to many scars and the determination to better equip herself for defense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamakennedy View Post
    At least she fought with everything she was able to get ahold of. Hopefully, she will be able to walk away from this with out to many scars and the determination to better equip herself for defense.
    Unfortunately the scars will last much longer then the guy's jail term.

    Anyone else wonder why it took the police so long to get there that the guy actually was able to do the thing before the door was busted down?

    "Gastonia Police Sgt. Jeff Clark agreed that the woman had done everything in her power to stop the attack."

    Was the police response equally "everything in their power?" Too bad he didn't give them a reason to take his life.

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    She should have had a gun that makes bigger holes so that this 'animal' could have been put out of his misery...permanently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgg9 View Post
    The firearm she did have within reach -- the .22 in her purse -- apparently was loaded, but jammed after one shot. IMO, the real lesson here is to have a RELIABLE gun on hand.
    I agree 100%..I had the wrong word in bold print.


    According to the news report, the husband had other firearms in the house... After having the 22 jam, she grabbed an unloaded shotgun but had no time to chamber a round.

    After reading this story I showed my wife how to clear our pt145...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    Unfortunately the scars will last much longer then the guy's jail term.
    Its not always true that the scars with last forever. I've worked with several rape victims, and a lot of it boils down to the way they think.

    If she sees that she did everything she could at the time, and that her equipment/ training was not up to the task...then she may very well go out and buy a better gun and sign up for SD classes.

    If she sees her self as a victim even after the incident then chances are that she will continue to be the victim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    I hate to hear about things like this. The only thing reliable is ourselves. Why place trust in something created by man that can fail? Other ways to deter a rapist, gouge out their eyes, piss on 'em. Relying on firearms to protect ourselves is really fickle thinking in a way. If we were more adamant about our survival, we wouldn't need firearms at all.
    It is my opinion that it is very difficult for most people to make correct split second life or death choices. That's why I am a firm believer in using levels of security such as proper lighting, awareness, dogs, good locks, peep holes and firearms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamakennedy View Post
    Its not always true that the scars with last forever. I've worked with several rape victims, and a lot of it boils down to the way they think.

    If she sees that she did everything she could at the time, and that her equipment/ training was not up to the task...then she may very well go out and buy a better gun and sign up for SD classes.

    If she sees her self as a victim even after the incident then chances are that she will continue to be the victim.
    No doubt how someone thinks is a factor. Sadly, this happened to my sister in-law during a home invasion. The scars will be there forever; the perp may well be out of jail already. It happened 13 years ago and she still can't talk about it--- even after calling the police because she thought someone might be the perp checking out her home, she still couldn't spit it out.

    Now, her home is like a dang fortress.

    One tip, put the kitchen knives in a lower rather than the top kitchen cabinet draw and keep them covered with some towels. It is one less thing the BG can readily grab as a weapon.
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    This is the kind of thing that scares me...

    I was conscidering getting a .22 pistol for my wife to use, and then I remembered how often they miss fire, or jam.

    Its horrilbe that this happend and she DID fight with everything she knew how and should be proud of that.
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    Why a .22 for wife when you carry a .38

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny256 View Post
    This is the kind of thing that scares me...

    I was conscidering getting a .22 pistol for my wife to use, and then I remembered how often they miss fire, or jam.

    Its horrilbe that this happend and she DID fight with everything she knew how and should be proud of that.
    Why a .22 for wife when you carry a .38 in 642? She should perhaps have the same gun? Maybe you should give her your 642 and get yourself a carry gun in 9 or .40 or buy yourself a new 642?

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    Her husband should have put the unloaded gun where it would not be the one grabbed in a case like this one. The one time she needed a gun and she grabs the only unloaded gun in the house.
    This is why going over scenarios with everyone in the house is important, don't and you are not apt to respond to a threat properly.
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