WHITLEY

WHITLEY

Editor's note: This article was last updated Jan. 21 at 7:12 p.m.

EMERALD ISLE — Town police Sunday afternoon announced an arrest in the murder of Carl Eugene Jones Jr., which occurred in a house at 107 Melanie St. Jan. 9.

In a press release, Chief Tony Reese said that on Sunday, 25-year-old Patrick Keith-Reich Whitley of Havelock was taken into custody in Corpus Christi, Texas, by U.S. Marshals and the Corpus Christi Police Department.

According to police, Mr. Whitley surrendered without incident and was being held without bond while awaiting extradition back to North Carolina to face charges of murder and first-degree arson.

As of presstime, it’s not known whether the extradition has taken place.

Town police have not released any more information since Sunday. The News-Times has requested information about the sequence of events that led to Mr. Jones’ death and a fire that engulfed the home.

According to Chief Reese’s Sunday release, the arrest was a collaborative effort, and the department thanked District Attorney Scott Thomas, Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck and local, state and federal agencies that contributed to the investigation and the arrest of Mr. Whitley.

The department also expressed appreciation for the tips and reports from residents, which provided information and assistance in bringing the investigation to a successful conclusion.

Police reported Jan. 10 that Mr. Jones was found the previous evening dead inside a home on Melanie Street after police and fire department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire.

Chief Reese said the town received a 911 hang-up call Jan. 9 and dispatched officers to the location. On the way there, he said, they were able to reach the caller, who told officials there might be a body in the home.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the residence was fully engulfed and crews from Emerald Isle, Western Carteret, Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores fire departments worked into the early morning hours to extinguish the fire.

Police reported the next morning they had questioned a man in relation to the shooting, but no further information was available at that time.

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

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EMERALD ISLE — Town police Sunday afternoon announced an arrest in the murder of Carl Eugene Jones Jr., which occurred in a house at 107 Melanie St. Jan. 9.

In a press release, Chief Tony Reese said that on Sunday, 25-year-old Patrick Keith-Reich Whitley of Havelock was taken into custody in Corpus Christi, Texas, by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Corpus Christi Police Department.

According to police, Mr. Whitley surrendered without incident and is being held without bond while awaiting extradition back to North Carolina to face charges of murder and first-degree arson.

According to Chief Reese, the arrest was collaborative effort, and the department would like to thank District Attorney Scott Thomas, Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck and local, state and federal agencies that contributed in the investigation and the arrest of Mr. Whitley.

The department also expressed appreciation for all of the tips and reports from residents, which provided information and assistance in bringing the investigation to a successful conclusion.

No further information is being released at this time.

Police reported Jan. 10 that Mr. Jones was found the previous evening dead inside a home on Melanie Street after police and fire department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire.

Chief Reese said the town received a 911 hang-up call that night and dispatched officers to the location. On the way there, he said, they were able to reach the caller, who said there might be a body in the home.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the residence was fully engulfed and crews from Emerald Isle, Western Carteret, Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores fire departments worked late into the early morning hours to extinguish the fire.

Police reported the next morning they had questioned a man in relation to the shooting, but no further information was available at that time.

 

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

(2) comments

Big Fat Drunk Republican

Judging by his social media post, he was gonna use that gun on somebody. Gun nuts do dumb things.

David Collins

Yes , “ gun nuts “ do stupid things . Sadly , doing dumb things is not limited to those with access to firearms . Just gets the most headlines . Flavor of the month , if you will . Keep yours legal and handy .

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