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Sheriff’s Office Says Fatal Stabbing Was Self Defense

ASHEBORO N.C. – The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and the Randolph County DA’s Office say that no one will face charges after a man died from being stabbed after breaking in and assaulting a victim with a Domestic Violence Protective Order against him.

On December 13th, 2022, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to Stanton Rd for a call about an assault. Deputies spoke with the victim, who stated she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend who had left the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival.

While completing the investigation on Stanton Rd, Randolph County 911 received a call on Thayer Rd about an assault in progress involving the same male subject and a different victim.

When deputies arrived at the home on Thayer Rd, they located a male subject who was suffering from a single stab wound to the chest. The male victim succumbed to the injury and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased male as Joshua Lee Hicks.

The investigation that followed determined that Hicks had an active Domestic Violence Protective Order against him, and was therefore not supposed to be at the home on Thayer Rd.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Hicks forcibly entered the residence and assaulted the victim. A juvenile who called 911 and was holding a knife in self-defense was also in the residence. Officials say when Hicks attacked the juvenile and was impaled on the knife which resulted in his injury.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division consulted with the Randolph County District Attorney’s Office. The incident has been determined to be an act of self-defense; no charges will be filed.

Due to the domestic nature of the incident, the victims have been referred to the Randolph County Family Crisis Center for trauma care and follow-up.


If you are in fear for your life, please call 911.

The mission of the Randolph County Family Crisis Center is to serve people in crisis from domestic and family violence, sexual assault, rape, child abuse, and human trafficking while working to eliminate these issues in our community.

Randolph County Family Crisis Centers
https://www.randolphfcc.org/services

Asheboro Advocacy Center
624-A S. Fayetteville Street
Asheboro, NC 27203
Phone: 336. 626. 5040
Asheboro Crisis: (336) 629-4159

Archdale/Trinity Advocacy Center
11213 N. Main Street
Archdale, NC 27263
Phone: 336. 781. 0021
Archdale/Trinity Crisis: (336) 434-5579

Text Crisis: (336) 521-8021