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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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May 21, 2019

A man robbed a bank located inside the Walmart on Greenville Boulevard  and made off with nearly $9,000 in cash, according to the Greenville Police Department.

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May 20, 2019

Two men have been jailed on four counts of attempted first-degree murder and other charges after shots were fired in a Belvoir-area residence and suspects led deputies on a chase, according to warrants and a news release.

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As Paula Dance campaigned for her first term as Pitt County sheriff in 2018, she routinely identified the opioid epidemic as the most pressing challenge facing law enforcement. Among her mantras was, “You can’t arrest your way out of the crisis.”

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May 18, 2019

About $300 in food items were stolen from a vending machine, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department.

The incident took place between 9:40 p.m. May 15 and 9:10 a.m. May 16 on the 2200 block of University Suites Drive.

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May 17, 2019

A home break-in, reported on Wednesday, resulted in $10,000 in damages, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department.

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May 16, 2019

The arrest of a suspected thief prompted the Greenville Police Department to ask residents in the Tar River-University Neighborhood to check for possible stolen belongings and to remember to lock their vehicle doors.

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May 15, 2019

A man shot and killed his former girlfriend as she was driving from her family’s gated compound east of Greenville Monday night then killed himself, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office reported.

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May 15, 2019

WILSON — Wilson police are investigating a Friday night shooting that left a 22-year-old man injured.

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May 15, 2019

Another jail breakout has occurred at the Nash County Detention Center, but this time only one man managed to make it out.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office reported about 11:41 a.m. that an inmate named Terrell Gailand Miles, 29, escaped “a few moments ago” from the detention…

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