17th Dec2012

Four arrested one at large in Sneads Ferry assault

by Ken Clarke

SNEADS FERRY – The Onslow County Sheriff Office has arrested four and is currently searching for a fifth offender in a case they say the defendants were lured to a location jumped and assaulted.

“On November 26, 2012, at approximately 8:00 PM, Victim/Coty Starling and two friends were lured to Laib Lane in Sneads Ferry. Once there, a truck came from across the road and blocked their vehicle from leaving,” states the release. “The five defendants got out of their vehicle and let the victim’s two friends leave in their vehicle. They began beating V/Starling with their hands, feet and a baseball bat.”

“The defendants then held a knife to V/Starlings throat and put him into one of their vehicles and drove further down the road where they continued to assault him, the release continued. “He was able to escape and went to a nearby residence where he was given refuge.  The resident called E-911 and V/Starlings was transported by EMS to the OMH Emergency Room where he was treated for his injuries.”

Starling, the victim is listed as 20 years-old who lives on Old Ferry Road in Sneads Ferry.

Arrested in connection with the assault were James William Bowman, 45 of 168 Dunn Road, Sneads Ferry, Michael Jay Jones, 24, of 616 Tar Landing Road, Sneads Ferry, Robin Andrew Edens, 30, of Swan Point Marine, Sneads Ferry and James Henry Schindler, 36 of 130 Laib Lane, Sneads Ferry.

Schindler was actually arrested in West Virginia.

The Onslow Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for David Anthony Cramer, 33, of 112 Sparrow Lane, Sneads Ferry.

All the defendants have been charged with Felony First Degree Kidnapping, Felony Robbery With a Dangerous Weapon, Felony Assault With A Dangerous Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury and Felony Conspiracy.

Bowman was placed under a $300,000 secured bond while Jones and Edens were placed under a $400,000 secured bond.














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