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Man sentenced for stabbing man at Wal-Mart

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The Daily Reflector

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A man who stabbed a father pushing groceries to his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot was sentenced to a minimum of six years and 10 months in prison.

Superior Court Judge Cy A. Grant sentenced Desmond Jerel Moore, 31, to nine years and four months in the N.C. Dept. of Correction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury, according to the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.

The incident occurred on Dec. 5, 2015, when a man was shopping for groceries with his 2-year-old child at the Wal-Mart on Southwest Greenville Boulevard, according to the Pitt County District Attorney’s office.

The victim exited the grocery store with his child still in the shopping cart with his groceries, and as he was walking toward his car at approximately 2 p.m., he heard someone say, “Hey man.”

The victim reported that a man immediately stabbed him on the back right side of his neck. Realizing he had been assaulted, the man pushed the shopping cart away to try to get his son away from his assailant.

The assailant, later identified as Moore, then stabbed the father two more times in the neck area then walked away as though nothing had happened.

Moore was seen by the victim walking into Toys R Us, and a couple of minutes later Moore walked out of Toys R Us and headed in the direction of Fuji Japan. When Greenville Police arrived they were informed the suspect went inside Fuji Japan.

Police approached with caution and saw a man fitting the description. Officers ordered the assailant to comply with their directives, and Moore complied and was arrested.

A four-inch steak knife had been thrown across the floor by Moore according to a witness in the restaurant. The knife had blood on the blade area.