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Convicted felon is charged in home invasion

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Police have apprehended a convicted felon accused of attempting to rape a teen girl while robbing a Lincolnton residence earlier this month.
The incident occurred on Jan. 10 at a home on Lincoln Street, police said.
The victim and her sister were at the home around 11 p.m. when detectives said 42-year-old Louis Tryone Shipp, of 213 Newbold St. in Lincolnton, knocked on their front door.
According to a previous Times-News report, police said the suspect forced his way into the home after the teen cracked the door to see who was outside.
She told police that the man grabbed her hair and stuck a gun in her side, wanting to know the location of some pills.
Shipp allegedly asked the whereabouts of her father’s bedroom, which was locked at the time. He proceeded to force his way into the room where he rummaged around until he found bottles of Oxycodone and Morphine before leaving the residence, police said.
As he searched the room, he made the teen lay face down on the bed to prevent her from looking at what he was doing, authorities said. She additionally told detectives that he shoved her head down on the bed each time she attempted to peek.
According to Det. Mark Sain, Shipp was apprehended during a traffic stop Wednesday.
Police said he has a lengthy criminal history and now faces numerous new charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, attempted first-degree rape, felony larceny and possession of fireman by a felon.
Shipp’s record dates back to the late 1980s and includes criminal offenses in Lincoln, Catawba and Gaston Counties, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
He served at least a year-long prison sentence in 2010 for possession of a firearm by a felon and has more than five felonies to his name including a second conviction of possession of a firearm by a felon and two separate instances of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
In addition, NC DOC lists felony convictions for breaking and entering and common law robbery. Misdemeanor offenses include larceny, DWI, resisting an officer and operating a vehicle without a license.
Shipp remains behind county bars under a $150,000 bond. His next court appearance is set for Feb. 7.

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