Couple charged after elderly woman beaten with hammer

Lakisha Boyd and Eugene Williams

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — An Elizabeth City couple were arrested after investigators say they broke into an elderly woman’s home, beat her with a hammer and took her belongings.

According to the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old Lakisha Atkinson Boyd and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Eugene Williams, are accused of breaking into the home of Boyd’s 86-year-old grandmother on March 11.

The investigation began that day, when deputies responded to an early-morning 911 call from the 2500 block of Caratoke Highway about a robbery in progress. A the home, the victim told deputies a man forced his way throught the door and hit her on the forehead with a hammer. She said he then stole her purse and fled out the back door. Investigators later discovered a small box of jewelry had also been stolen.

The victim was transported to Sentara Albemarle Hospital and then flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.

The next day, according to court documents, a sergeant investigating the case received a call from a man named John Boyd, who said he was separated from Lakisha Boyd, the victim’s granddaughter. He told the investigator his home had been broken into the night before the Currituck County robbery, and that Lakisha Boyd had texted him a day prior saying, “Your s*** is going to get F***** up today.”

The description the victim gave of the intruder matched the description of Lakisha Boyd’s boyfriend, her husband told investigators. Investigators also matched jewelry sold by Lakisha Boyd at Gems N’ Gold, a kiosk at Southgate Mall in Elizabeth City, to jewelry stolen from the victim.

The investigation then led deputies to arrest Eugene Williams, Boyd’s boyfriend, who was identified as the suspected intruder who assaulted the victim. The pair is also accused of attempting to use the victim’s stolen credit cards several times the day of the crime.

Lakisha Boyd was also arrested and charged with the following felonies: robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, financial transaction card theft, aid and abet robbery and first-degree robbery.

Eugene Williams Jr. was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree burglary, financial transaction card theft and one misdemeanor charge of injury to personal property.

Court documents from Pasquotank County show that in a separate case involving a drug deal, Williams also faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault.

Boyd is in the Currituck County jail on a $265,000 bond. She is due back in court April 29.

Williams is being held in Albemarle County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He is due back in court on the Currituck County charges April 29.

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