Vito’s attacker trial Monday

Published 2:44 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2016

George Anthony Trent, the 39-year-old Cumberland man accused of beating the owner of Vito’s Italian Restaurant during a May 2 attempted robbery, will go on trial Monday.

A Cumberland County grand jury indicted Trent, of Lake Road, in late June.

According to accounts at the time, the owner was closing the restaurant, coming out the back door when Trent allegedly ran up to him while wearing a mask. Trent allegedly struck the victim and told him to give him what turned out to be more than $8,000.

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Trent allegedly said he had a weapon, but when the owner realized Trent didn’t have one, a fight broke out between the two men. At the time, Sheriff Darrell Hodges said Trent ran away, leaving the owner badly beaten. Hodges said the victim possibly had been struck in the head with a two-by-four.

The Farmville Police Department helped locate and arrest Trent two days after the attack. He was held without bail following his arrest.