UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man is charged with murder in connection to the death of a man who was found dead inside a home on Trull Hinson Road in Wingate Sunday night.
The investigation began when a person reported he was worried about his friend, 44-year-old Patrick Charles Mooney, because he hadn’t answered his calls all weekend and wouldn’t come to his door. Deputies went to the home and had to force their way inside.
In the home, the release states, deputies found Mooney deceased with multiple stab wounds. Investigators said there were signs of a struggle in multiple locations throughout the home.
“All indications suggest a struggle occurred in the home and the victim suffered traumatic injuries,” deputies say.
On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested 52-year-old Ricky Darren Aldridge and charged him with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Officials say they believe Aldridge went to Mooney’s home early Saturday morning, then returned several hours later and attacked him. They say it appears the attack was robbery motivated.
Anyone with further information should call the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 704-283-3789 or Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.