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Suspect charged with assault on real estate agent

Agent escapes uninjured; suspect is ECSU student 


The Daily Advance

Monday, March 4, 2019

Elizabeth City police have arrested and charged man with the kidnapping and assault of a real estate agent who was showing him a property.

Nathaniel Jonathan Cox, 20, of the 800 block of Burgoyne Court, Fayetteville, is charged with second-degree kidnapping and assault on a female, a press release from city police states. Cox is registered as a student at Elizabeth City State University.

Police said they received a call Wednesday about 5:08 p.m. that a woman had been assaulted while showing a man a rental property at 906 Riverside Avenue. According to the press release, the woman said the man inappropriately touched her and grabbed her arm on multiple occasions. The woman was not injured in the attack and the man left the scene before police arrived.

Coleen Curtis, executive officer of the Albemarle Area Association of Realtors, said she had not spoken directly with the agent — an association member — who was attacked, but said the association’s president has.

According to Curtis, the agent said she met the man accused of attacking her at her office. The man claimed he was working with a group looking to invest $25 million in investment properties in the area. The agent decided to show the man a property on Riverside Avenue and had him follow her there, and it was once they were in the house that the man told the agent he was a male porn star, she said.

Not only did the man grab the agent numerous times, he also tried to block her from leaving the house, Curtis said. Curtis was not sure how the agent managed to get away from the man.

“She’s very upset and shook up by this, but thank God she was not physically harmed,” Curtis said.

The association offers safety-related information and programs. The group plans to talk about Realtor safety during its upcoming membership meeting and plans to make available to its members a self-defense course at the beginning of April, she said.


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Crime and Rescue

March 18, 2019

Greenville Fire-Rescue responded to more than 414 fire and EMS calls from March 7-13. Following is a breakdown:


March 7

■ 12:54 a.m. — motor vehicle accident with injuries at 701 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Cleared 1:56 a.m.

■ 3:31 a.m. — unintentional alarm system activation at…

March 17, 2019

Police seized a weapon and arrested a 24-year-old Winterville woman after a reported assault involving a handgun on East 14th Street, according to a case report released on Friday.

The incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. and was reported about 3 p.m. by a 23-year-old Greenville man. The report did…

March 17, 2019

A Greenville man was charged with driving while impaired after he ran off the road and crashed into a tree according to a State Highway Patrol crash report and Pitt County Court records.  

The crash took place on March 9 at 1:32 a.m. near O’Farrell Avenue and Old River Road.…


March 17, 2019

The following people were indicted on felony charges on Feb. 25, 2019, by a Pitt County grand jury. All information, including addresses, is from court records:

■ John Thomas Barber, 42, 1545 Bedford Road, Rocky Mount, habitual felon for Sept. 5, 2017, offense.

■ Chauncey Delano Bell aka…

March 15, 2019

Greenville Fire-Rescue has been awarded accreditation status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, department officials announced on Thursday.

According to a news release from the department, the accreditation “recognizes best practices and self-accountability and validates…


March 15, 2019

NASHVILLE — A missing Nash County mother was slain and her body dumped along a rural road in Edgecombe County, authorities have confirmed.

“Definitely, there is a killer on the loose,” Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said at a Wednesday night press conference.

Diana Alejandra Keel,…


March 15, 2019

Nearly 370 people died in North Carolina due to alcohol related crashes in 2017 — a statistic government officials and law enforcement agencies are trying to change.  

That’s why the state’s Booze It and Lose It campaign brought its BAT mobile to Greenville on Thursday…


March 15, 2019

A Greenville man was one of two people arrested on Tuesday in connection with a 2017 robbery in which three people were killed.

Lenoir County deputies said Jaleik Pridgen of Greenville and Brianna Wooten of Kinston both were charged with accessory after the fact to a homicide.…


March 14, 2019

Heavy smoke and flames damaged a home on South Library Street on Wednesday afternoon, displacing some East Carolina University students, Greenville Fire-Rescue officials said on Thursday. 

Twenty-one firefighters, along with members of the Greenville Police Department, responded a…


March 14, 2019

Authorities believe a body discovered on Tuesday in Edgecombe County is that of a missing Nash County woman.

Diana Alejandra Keel, 38, of Nashville was reported missing by her husband Friday.

The body belongs to a Hispanic female and appears to have been dead for about five days, said Nash County…

Diana Keel
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