A 20-year-old local man is facing half a dozen charges in connection with police responding to a report of his pregnant girlfriend allegedly having been struck with his fists in a residence in the North Church section in the northwestern part of the city.
Malik Drew, of the 1400 block of Cardinal Street, is charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, battery on an unborn child, assault on a female, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and injury to personal property, police Cpl. Clay Wilder said.
Officers responded about 3 p.m. on June 14 to a call to go to the Cardinal Street address.
According to Wilder, officers found out from the woman, who is 21, that what had started as a verbal altercation with Drew had turned into a physical altercation.
According to Wilder, the woman told officers Drew punched her, resulting in a bruise on her forehead, and attacked her during a roughly four- to five-hour time span.
Wilder said officers saw injuries to the woman consistent with her story and that the woman told officers she was going to Nash UNC Health Care to seek medical treatment once police cleared the call.
Wilder said the police department subsequently obtained an arrest warrant from a magistrate.
Asked whether the police report indicated what the dispute had been about, Wilder said an argument had started over Drew playing loud music on his phone.
Drew was arrested on June 22, the local Police to Citizen website said.
Generally in North Carolina, the difference between first-degree kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping is that in first-degree kidnapping, the victim is injured or sexually assaulted.
A Nash County Detention Center official told the Telegram via email that Drew was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.
Additionally, the statewide Administrative Office of the Courts website shows Drew already has charges filed against him in both court systems in the Twin Counties.
The website shows that in Nash County, Drew is charged with breaking or entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, probation violation, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, resisting a public officer, carrying a concealed gun and possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana.
The website shows that in Edgecombe County, Drew is charged with carrying a concealed gun, driving without an operator’s license and a window tinting violation.