A 32-year-old man with a prior record is charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a domestic disturbance and with resisting a public officer early last month, records said.

Maurice Quantele Lyons is accused of attacking Joseph Lyons Sr. with two knives on May 2, Edgecombe County District Court records said.

Lyons also is accused of obstructing city police Officer Michael Cotton by refusing to be placed into custody, the records said.

Both offenses are considered misdemeanors.

Officers responded at 6:50 p.m. to a report of an aggravated assault in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in the Holly Street area of the city.


When the officers arrived, they saw Maurice Lyons running alongside a pickup truck with a knife and stabbing the side of the truck, police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in a brief news release.

Lyons the day after he was arrested was released on a $2,500 secured bond, Edgecombe County District Court records said.

State Public Safety records said Lyons was convicted on March 4 in Edgecombe County for assault and battery and violating a domestic violence protective order.

The public safety records also said Lyons was convicted the following years in the following counties for the following offenses:

  • In 2019 in Edgecombe County for resisting an officer, communicating threats and assault with a deadly weapon.
  • In 2017 in Edgecombe County for assault on a female.
  • In 2013 in Edgecombe County for felony serious injury by vehicle.
  • In 2012 in Edgecombe County for driving while impaired.
  • In 2006 in Edgecombe County for misdemeanor breaking and entering and larceny.
  • In 2005 and in 2004 in Nash County for larceny.