The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) is looking for a suspect who reportedly pistol whipped his girlfriend the morning of Friday, January 10 when she refused to participate in breaking and entering a residence in western Orange County near Mebane Oaks Road. The suspect then fled on foot.
The victim went to a residence in the Scotland Road neighborhood off Nicks Road shortly after 11 a.m. asking for help. She said a man with a gun was trying to hurt her. When deputies arrived, the 27-year old female had injuries to her face and head and bruising on her arm. She reported that she and her boyfriend, Alexander Wayne Gillett, 26, received a ride to the area last night after Gillett told her they were going to camp out and hunt coyotes.
On the morning of January 10, however, Gillett told her of his plans to break into a nearby home. He said he saw on Facebook there were valuable items inside the home. The woman reported she declined to participate in the plan and an argument ensued. He hit her several times with a silver handgun with a black handle. He also damaged her phone by submerging it in water. He then fled on foot.
Gillett is a six foot tall white male with a last known address in Greensboro. He was wearing a black beanie, a gray jacket with a hood, gray pants, and camouflage knee-length boots. He should be considered armed and dangerous. His hair is short in the back and long in the front, a style sometimes called a reverse mullet.
Deputies and investigators searched the surrounding areas extensively, assisted by a K-9 unit and a drone. Although they do not believe Gillett is still in the vicinity, they advise caution. Anyone who sees Gillett should call 911 immediately and not approach him.
Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said, “I would like to take this opportunity to remind people to be cautious about the material they post on social media platforms. The suspect in this case saw valuable items listed for sale on Facebook. He searched for an address associated with the seller’s name and arrived at a very specific target. I encourage people to avoid such risks.”
In addition to charges expected in connection with the January 10 events, Gillett is wanted in Guilford County on multiple charges including second degree burglary, safecracking, second degree kidnapping, and assault by strangulation.
Anyone with any information about Gillett or his whereabouts is asked to call Investigator Dylan Hendricks at (919) 245-2951. He is the lead investigator for this case.