A 44-year-old man with an extensive prior record is charged with false imprisonment of a woman late last month, records said.

Wayne Morgan Coley Jr. is accused of detaining Kathy Brum without her consent on May 20, Edgecombe County District Court records said.

Coley also is charged with assault inflicting serious injury because he attacked her to the point she suffered a broken left foot, the records said.

Both offenses are considered misdemeanors.

Officers found out that there had been an instance of domestic violence in the 100 block of Dalewood Drive in East Rocky Mount when they assisted a woman who arrived at the police department to report what had occurred, police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in a brief news release.

The woman told officers that she and her boyfriend, Coley, had been involved in a physical altercation and that when she attempted to leave the residence, Coley took her phone and pulled her back inside, Jackson said.

The woman told officers that she tried numerous times to leave before giving up and going to sleep, Jackson said. She was able to leave the next morning while Coley was asleep.

Coley was subsequently located and apprehended, Jackson said.

In the meantime, Coley’s name has been continuing to appear in pending cases in the judicial computer system.

Nash County District Court records said that police early this month cited Coley for misdemeanor larceny.


According to those records, Coley on June 1 was halted in the 900 block of West Raleigh Boulevard for having stolen steaks worth $172.38 from Piggly Wiggly.

Nash County District Court records also said that police early this month arrested Coley and charged him with felony habitual larceny.

According to those records, Coley on May 30 stole air freshener worth $2.99 and air freshener worth $2.49 from the Sheetz convenience store in the 3700 block of North Wesleyan Boulevard.

Coley on June 4 was charged with having committed felony habitual larceny on May 30 because under state law he already has been convicted of at least four previous larcenies, the records said.

State Public Safety records said that Coley has a record dating back more than 2½ decades.

The public safety records said that Coley has been convicted the following years in the following counties for the following offenses:

  • In 2019 in Iredell County for breaking and entering a currency machine.
  • In 2018 in Edgecombe County for attempting to injure or kill a law enforcement animal and assault with a deadly weapon.
  • In 2013 in Rowan County for larceny of a motor vehicle and for speeding to elude or attempt to elude arrest.
  • In 2005 in Edgecombe County for possessing illegal drugs, larceny, larceny over $1,000 and misdemeanor breaking and entering.
  • In 2005 in Nash County for felony breaking and entering, larceny, larceny over $1,000, larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering vehicles and possessing stolen goods.
  • In 2000 in Edgecombe County for felony breaking and entering and larceny.
  • In 2000 in Nash County for larceny.
  • In 1999 in Carteret County for breaking and entering vehicles and misdemeanor breaking and entering.
  • In 1998 in Nash County for larceny.
  • In 1995 in Edgecombe County for resisting an officer and obstructing justice.
  • In 1994 in Edgecombe County for violating drug laws, possessing illegal drugs, using/possessing drug paraphernalia and maintaining a place for controlled substances.

Coley listed an address in the 100 block of Dalewood Drive, Edgecombe County District Court records show.

Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina told the Telegram that Coley’s bond was set at $8,000, unsecured, on the felony habitual larceny charge and that Coley was not jailed because the bond is unsecured.

In North Carolina, an unsecured bond means an accused person does not have to come up with money to post a bond to avoid being jailed. If the accused fails to appear in court for a hearing, then the court can order the accused to pay the amount of that bond.