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Greenville police charge gunshot victims with filing false reports

The (Greenville) Daily Reflector

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GREENVILLE – Warrants have been obtained against two convicted felons on charges they lied Saturday about how each suffered a gunshot wound, police said.

Anthony Lamont Lester, 26, of Enfield and Samuel Michael Finch, 23, of the Battleboro community provided false details about the shootings when they spoke to Greenville police officers at Vidant Medcial Center on Saturday morning, Greenville police reported.

Lester told police he was shot near the Moyewood housing area, but his account was vague and contradictory, police reported at the time. Finch said he was shot while on Chestnut Street, but police said they were unable to locate a crime scene.

Further investigation by Major Crimes Unit detectives found both men had been involved in a gunfight in Edgecombe County. Detectives believe the men were in the same car and had a gunfight with people in another car.

At least one other person was injured, police said. Law enforcement officials in Rocky Mount and Edgecombe County are investigating.

Greenville police Detective M.W. Blunt on Wednesday obtained arrest warrants against Lester and Finch, charging them with making a false report to police.

This type of offense steals limited and valuable police resources from the community, gives a false sense of alarm to citizens and provides a false impression of crime in the city, the release said.

Lester is a convicted felon with prior arrests for armed robbery, kidnapping, assault, larceny, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of a firearm by felon, resisting arrest and assault on a female.

Finch also is a convicted felon and has prior arrests for assault, possession of stolen firearms, drug offenses, armed robbery, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Greenville police are working closely with Edgecombe County and Rocky Mount officers to aid their investigation of the incident, the release said.

Lester was reported to be in custody Thursday morning at Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond. Police said additional arrests are possible.