Registered sex offender arrested after stabbing wife, 3 children in Wake County, officials say

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A registered sex offender has been arrested after authorities say he stabbed his wife and three children Sunday night.

According to Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Curry, deputies were called to the 5900-block of Gamble Drive just after 10 p.m. Sunday for a reported stabbing.

Once they arrived, deputies found four victims: a 53-year-old, 23-year-old, 22-year-old, and a 16-year-old.

In court Monday, the prosecutor said the mother and three children were able to get out of the residence. They started running to a neighbor’s house. The suspect, 54-year-old Carl Barkley, chased after them.

The mother fell. At that point, Barkley caught up with her and began stabbing her, the prosecutor said.

“I saw a girl from over here bust out of the door and run toward the street with him in pursuit of her. She ran into the street (and) was getting people to stop and hollering for help,” neighbor Robert Stephens said.

Curry said the 53-year-old and 23-year-old victims are in stable condition, while the other two victims are in critical condition.

Deputies say Barkley had already left the scene when they arrived.

Barkley’s address is in Rich Square, a town in Northampton County.

According to Curry, the 22-year-old ran to another home in the 5900-block of Gamble Drive for help. It was at this home where a deputy helped the victim.

Meanwhile, the other three victims went to a home nearby in the 2900-block of Franks Drive, where one of the victims and deputies secured the weapon Barkley is suspected of using to stab them, Curry said.

The motive for the stabbing is under investigation.

Barkley’s photo from the NC Sex Offender Registry

Barkley is a registered sex offender as he was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in August 2001. He was 35 when the victim was 13.

He spent nearly two years in prison following the conviction.

Barkley was arrested at Nash UNC Health Care in Rocky Mount, court documents show.

Barkley is charged with four counts assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

He was transported to the Wake County Detention Center and appeared before a judge Monday afternoon.

“The defendant became irate because the children were taking their mother’s side, and the defendant went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife,” the prosecutor said.

According to the prosecutor, the family escaped the home and ran – only to be chased by Barkley.

“The mother fell and at that point, the defendant caught up with her and began stabbing her,” the prosecutor said.

He received a $2.5 million bond.

If convicted on all charges, he could be sentenced to 77 years in prison. 

He is scheduled to appear in court again Sept. 27.

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