Trent indicted in Vito’s robbery

Published 1:02 pm Thursday, July 21, 2016

A 39-year-old Cumberland County man has been indicted in connection with a robbery that police say occurred at Vito’s Italian Restaurant on May 2.

A Cumberland County grand jury indicted George Anthony Trent, of Lake Road, to felony charges of robbery and malicious wounding in late June, according to circuit court records.

Police say the nighttime incident left the owner of the restaurant badly beaten.

Trent was arrested in Farmville two days after the incident.

According to arrest warrants, Trent tried to rob the victim of over $8,000.

Deputies responded to the call at 11:31 p.m. at the restaurant.

“We were able to get a suspect and had him identified by the victim,” Sheriff Darrell Hodges said.

“Apparently when the business was closing the owner was coming out the back and the subject, (who had) kind of like a mask on, ran up to him and struck him and told him to give him the money and there was a weapon involved,” Hodges said.

Once the owner realized there was no weapon involved, “a fight broke out between the two of them, and after a few blows back and forth, the accused took off running.”

Police in Farmville helped locate Trent, Hodges said.

Trent is being held without bond at Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville.

“He took a good lick to the face,” Hodges said of the owner’s injuries. “I think it was a two-by-four he was hit upside the head with.”