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Firearm charges lodged

RICH SQUARE – A Rich Square man faces several firearm charges following his arrest here last week.

The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeremiah Mangum Jr, age 26, on charges stemming from an incident that occurred Wednesday, Nov. 4.

While on routine patrol early Wednesday morning, Northampton Sheriff Deputies spotted a vehicle on Hillside Drive just outside of Rich Square and stopped to check on it. While checking on the vehicle, Deputies encountered a male who was asleep inside the vehicle. The male was later identified as Jeremiah Mangum Jr.

During the investigation it was learned that Mangum was wanted out of several counties.

Deputies also observed a handgun lying on the front passenger seat inside the vehicle. Mangum was taken into custody without incident.

Mangum was charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of stolen firearm.

Warrants were also served on him out of Pitt County for removing a electronic monitor; two counts of communicating threats out of Halifax County, and one count of assault by pointing a gun out of Northampton County.

He was placed in the Northampton County with a $31,000 secured bond and he made his first court appearance in Jackson this past Thursday.

“I would like to commend Deputies J. Britt, M. Walton, and D. Sheppard in the manner they handled this potentially dangerous situation,” stated Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith. “I would like to commend them for taking a stolen handgun out of the possession of a convicted felon as well as incarcerating him so that may held accountable for his charges in the other counties.”

In other recent arrests made by the Northampton Sheriff’s Office:

Dejuan Davis, 21, of Woodland was taken into custody on Nov. 1 on charges stemming from an altercation that occurred on Halloween night where he was involved in fight that occurred in Arrowhead Mobile Home Park.

Davis allegedly was fighting and was told several times to stop by Deputies C. Exum and D. Porter. When Davis did not comply he was arrested for simple affray, and resisting arrest, and taken into custody without further incident.

While in custody, Davis kicked out the back window of a patrol car and he was then taken to the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with simple affray, resisting a public officer, and injury to county property. He was placed in the Northampton County Detention Center with a $1,500 secured bond and a Nov. 17 court date.

Sheriff Smith stated that at any time a suspect damages count property they will be charged.

“I encourage citizens to submit to arrest and if they disagree the case should be settled in court,” he said.

The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stacey Andrew Riggleman, 40, of Kinston.

His charges are stemming from an incident that occurred at the Super 8 motel in Garysburg. Riggleman allegedly punched and choked a fellow coworker while staying at the hotel. When deputies arrived on scene they spoke with the victim and observed minor injuries on the victims’ face.

Riggleman was taken into custody without incident and taken Northampton County Detention where he was charged with one count of assault and battery. He was given a $500 secured bond and he had his first appearance in court on Nov. 3.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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