NEWPORT – Police here charged a Craven County man Sunday with theft and fighting with law enforcement officers.
Curtis Brown Jr., 32, New Bern, was arrested on multiple charges stemming from a report of suspicious activity by a person near the intersection of Highway 70 and Roberts Road.
He is charged with sitting, standing or lying in the roadway to impede traffic; larceny; possession of stolen goods; injury to personal property; resisting a public officer; and assault on a government official. He remains in the county jail in Beaufort with bond set at $4,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for March 7.
According to a press release from Newport Police Department, Officer Justin Ferrell responded to the call and attempted to speak to Mr. Brown, who then entered the intersection and refused to move, blocking traffic on Highway 70.
Mr. Brown then walked away from the officer and entered the Trade Mart Service Center at that intersection.
Officer Ferrell returned to his patrol car, removing it from the roadway and pulled into the Trade Mart parking lot at Roberts Road.
When Officer Ferrell pulled into the parking lot, the store clerk came out and informed the officer that Mr. Brown had allegedly stolen some items from the store. Mr. Brown became aggressive when the officer attempted to take the suspect into custody, and began fighting, breaking a mirror off the patrol car.
The officer was able to subdue the suspect and handcuff him. Mr. Brown subsequently kicked a sheriff’s deputy who had arrived to assist and was placing Mr. Brown in a patrol car.
According to the news release, Mr. Brown has a lengthy arrest record in Pitt and Craven counties with numerous assaults on law enforcement and emergency workers, as well as injury to property charges.