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Attempted murder suspect arrested in North Carolina / September 09, 2021

A South Boston man charged with attempted murder in an Aug. 27 domestic incident has been arrested and taken into custody in Rocky Mount, N.C.

James Kevin Hobbs, 51, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force, a unit of the U.S. Marshals Service, after he disappeared in the aftermath of the alleged attack. The Edmondson Avenue resident is accused of firing a handgun at a woman and physically assaulting her. The incident took place at a residence on Lincoln Drive, in the Westside Village neighborhood.

“It appears Mr. Hobbs fired at least one time from the handgun,” said South Boston Police Chief Bryan Young, and due to that the woman “was in fear of her life because of that action.” Police who responded to the scene also found that the woman had suffered head injuries consistent with assault, Young added.

Hobbs has been charged with attempted second degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, illegal possession of a firearm by a violent felon, reckless handling of a firearm, assault of a family member and petty larceny. He also has been charged with preventing a 911 communication, based on the account given by the victim to police, alleging Hobbs grabbed her cell phone as she attempted to call 911.

The incident happened in the early morning hours around 5 a.m. Young said the alleged perpetrator and victim were living together at the time.

Following his arrest, South Boston police investigators traveled to Rocky Mount to interview Hobbs “without success,” said Young. He remains incarcerated in Rocky Mount.

The regional fugitive task force is comprised of officers from Rocky Mount, Elizabeth City, and New Bern Police Departments, Pitt and Craven County Sheriff’s Departments, as well as the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

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