Stabbing suspect nabbed

Published 10:37 am Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MURFREESBORO – A Conway man has been arrested after an attempted murder here.

Brian O’Neil Cherry, 45, of Highway 158, Conway, stands charged with the crime that occurred late Sunday night and left a man with a stab wound to the neck.

According to Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe, at approximately 11:54 p.m. the Murfreesboro Police Department received a report of a stabbing taking place on Diamond Street.

MPD Sgt. Jamie Dilday and Officer Jimmy Bracy responded to 211 Diamond Street.

“They were able to respond in less than a minute because they were already in the area,” Rowe said.

Once on scene the officers discovered a male victim who was suffering from a stab wound to the neck.

“The officers rendered medical aid until rescue responded,” Rowe said. “The victim was conscious and able to aid the officers in the investigation as was another witness to the crime.”

Through the officers’ investigation, Cherry was developed as a suspect and with information regarding his whereabouts Officer Bracy contacted the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

Rowe said Bracy and the NCSO were able to apprehend Cherry at his home in Conway.

Bracy charged Cherry with attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. Cherry was placed in the Hertford County Jail on a $500,000 secure bond.

Rowe said the victim was transported to Roanoke-Chowan Vidant Hospital and then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. His condition is unknown at this time.

“I want to commend the officers for quickly responding in, first, rendering medical aid to the victim and, second, especially Officer Bracy, for the professional way they handled the case in getting the suspect off the street before there was anymore violence,” Rowe said.