TARBORO — A chain of events unfolded Monday night in Tarboro that led to the arrests of two adults and one juvenile and the involvement of three law enforcement agencies.
Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb said members of the Tarboro Police Department, Tarboro Fire Department and Edgecombe County Emergency Services were dispatched to Rose’s Beach Bingo at 1408 Western Blvd. in response to a vehicle that had driven into the building, subsequently striking three people.
Webb said the driver of the vehicle fled to a nearby restaurant before officers arrived.
He added that as emergency personnel triaged the injured people and began transporting them to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, a large disturbance developed in the parking lot of Rose’s Beach Bingo that required additional police officers to respond and for a police K-9 to be deployed.
As officers gained control of the disturbance, a second disturbance broke out in the waiting room of the Emergency Department at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital after people involved in the first disturbance began showing up at the hospital.
Edgecombe County Deputy Sharpe and hospital police responded and found people fighting.
Sharpe approached Quantez Dickens of Greenville, who was concealing an item, and a scuffle ensued. During the scuffle, both Sharpe and Dickens fell to the ground and Sharpe was assaulted from behind by a juvenile female.
Hospital police recovered a handgun allegedly dropped by Dickens during the scuffle and two hospital police officers assisted in taking Dickens and the juvenile into custody.
Webb said investigators learned the initial incident stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the people involved and that the driver of the vehicle intentionally struck the injured pedestrians.
He said that based upon these findings, the driver, 24-year-old Essence Annette Harris, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of damage to property. She was jailed under a $20,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.
According to a Facebook post, Dickens was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer. The juvenile female is being charged through the juvenile court system.