Assault nets arrest

Published 9:45 am Monday, May 21, 2012

MURFREESBORO – A Murfreesboro man has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted another man with a brick.

According to Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe, on Tuesday afternoon, Travis D. Eley, 23, of 108 Standing Lane was arrested in the St. John community by deputies with the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office.

Eley was charged by Murfreesboro Police Officer William Barmer with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Eley was placed in the Hertford County Jail on a $40,000 cash bond.

Rowe said at approximately 11:03 p.m. on Saturday the Murfreesboro Police Department received a call in reference to a fight in progress in front of a business on Main Street.

“Once they arrived on scene they found a victim semi-conscience, struck in the head with what appeared to be a brick,” Rowe said.

Responding officers Sgt. James Dilday and Officer Barmer summoned EMS for the victim who was transported to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie and then eventually to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

In the meantime the officers proceeded with the investigation, which included reviewing the business’s security tape. Rowe said the tape captured the assault and the officers we’re able to develop Eley as the suspect.

The officers broadcasted the suspect’s information to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Rowe said through a combination of the security tape evidence, witness statements and information from citizens, the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office was able to arrest Eley on Tuesday at a residence in the St. John area of the county.

Rowe praised the work of his own officers along with that of deputies from the Sherriff’s Office.

“I want to thank Sheriff Juan Vaughan and the deputies for assisting in the matter,” he said. “I also want to commend the Murfreesboro officers for getting the victim aid and bringing a conclusion to the case quickly.”