Galax man arrested after break-in attempt at residence with woman, small child

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Robert Matthew Whitaker

A Galax man has been charged with breaking and entering and other charges after an incident Dec. 22 in Fries at a residence where a woman and small child were inside the home.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies from his department received a call at approximately 8 p.m. that night to a breaking and entering in progress at 1163 Hilltown Road in Fries.

“The caller advised they were inside the home locked in a bedroom with a small child and someone was trying to break into her front door. While deputies were en route, the caller advised dispatch the man had moved from the door and was trying to break out the bedroom window and get in,” Gardner said in a press release. “Cpl. Joe Utt arrived on the scene along with members of the Virginia State Police, who had also heard the call. Entry was made into the residence and they were able to get the caller and child to safety. Blood was discovered on the door and the window, where entry into the residence had been attempted, as well as the kitchen of the home.”

Gardner said the man trying to break into the residence was identified by the victim as Robert Matthew Whitaker, 26, of Hebron Road in Galax. The sheriff also advised the area around the home was searched and Corporal Utt was able to locate Whitaker behind a shed, laying in the brush, bleeding from his hands.

Gardner said Whitaker was arrested and brought back to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Whitaker was then taken before the magistrate and charged with breaking and entering, destruction of property and drunk in public, Gardner said. Whitaker is currently being held without bond in New River Valley Regional Jail.

Gardner said while he was at the Sheriff’s Office, Whitaker became weak and unresponsive. Rescue was called and Whitaker was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax, where he was treated and released to the New River Valley Regional Jail.

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