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Suspect arrested in assault of Grifton officer

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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, July 21, 2018

A man sought in connection with the assault of a Grifton police offer has been arrested.

Robert Cogdell was taken into custody by the Greenville Police Department on Saturday, three days after he allegedly assaulted the office.

Cogdell’s arrest took place after a local resident reported seeing him in the area of Hooker Road in Greenville, according to a news release from the Grifton Police Department.  

On Wednesday, an officer with the Grifton police attempted to arrest Cogdell at 548 Cannon Blvd. on outstanding warrants for misdemeanor larceny, the report said. The officer approached Cogdell and  immediately was assaulted.

According to the report, there was a violent struggle in which the officer was struck in the face and head multiple times in an effort by Cogdell to disarm the officer. During the struggle over the officer’s firearm, a round was discharged and the suspect fled toward Dawson Road. Neither the suspect nor officer was struck by gunfire.

The officer was transported to Vidant Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries to his head and face, the report stated.

Charges against Cogdell include assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill, felony assault on law enforcement officer with a firearm, felony assault on law enforcement officer Inflicting serious injury, felony attempted larceny of a firearm, possession of firearm by a felon and misdemeanor larceny.

He is housed at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1.25 million bond.

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