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'Random act of violence': Man arrested after home invasion, attempted sexual assault in Lexington, police say

LEXINGTON, N.C. (WGHP) — A man allegedly broke into a Lexington home and tried to sexually assault someone inside in what police are calling a “random act of violence.”

At 3 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a home on East 4th Street. According to victims and witnesses, an unknown person had broken into the home while the residents were asleep. The victims told police that the suspect brandished a handgun and tried to commit forcible sexual acts against an adult while children were present.

Brandon James Simmons, 42, of Lexington
Brandon James Simmons, 42, of Lexington

As officers arrived, the suspect left the area in a dark truck. Officers spotted the truck nearby and stopped it. The driver, Brandon James Simmons, 42, of Lexington, was identified as the suspect and arrested. Officers seized a loaded handgun, multiple tablets of LSD and other drug paraphernalia.

Simmons was charged with first-degree burglary, assault by pointing a gun, assault on a female, attempted first-degree forcible sex offense, false imprisonment, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, no operators license and carrying a concealed weapon. He received no bond.

“This incident appears to be a random act of violence,” police said in a news release. “Simmons was not known to the victims in this case. It is currently unclear to investigators why Simmons chose this house to commit his crimes.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lexington Crimestoppers at (336) 243-2400.

Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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