A 36-year-old man was scheduled to appear in court Thursday after Wake County sheriff’s deputies charged him Sept. 5 in a Wendell home-invasion robbery in which a victim was attacked with a machete.
Leobardo Ubaldo Perez – who has lived in Wendell and Zebulon in Wake County and Shannon in Robeson County – was charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering, according to records at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.
Federal authorities also placed an immigration hold on Perez, who they think is a native of Mexico living illegally in the United States, court records show.
Authorities had been looking for Perez since June after he failed to appear in court on four different occasions for speeding and driving while his licensed was revoked. Deputies also charged him with four counts of failing to appear in court, arrest warrants show.
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The home invasion victims told investigators that shortly after midnight June 29, a man entered their Wendell home on Heritage Drive. While inside, he struck a woman with a machete that belonged to her.
Court records show that Perez formerly resided at the home he is accused of breaking into.
Deputies issued a warrant for Perez’s arrest on home invasion and felony assault charges on July 3. But investigators had been looking for him since he failed to appear in court June 5 to answer to charges of speeding and driving while licensed revoked, court records show.
Perez missed subsequent court dates for the traffic charges on July 10, July 24 and Aug. 12, according to court records.
He remained in custody at the Wake County jail on Wednesday in lieu of $532,000 bail, court records show.