Conway man charged with attempted murder

Published 6:55 pm Monday, September 9, 2019

CONWAY – A local woman is recovering from a gunshot wound and a Conway man is behind bars for a near-deadly domestic violence situation here Saturday night.

Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith reported that 27-year-old Maurice Ralphael Saddler is currently in the county jail, held under no bond for attempted first degree murder.

Saddler also stands charged with assault on a female, four counts of assault in the presence of a minor, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury.

Maurice R. Saddler

He is scheduled to make his initial appearance on those charges on Thursday (Sept. 12) in Northampton County Criminal District Court.

Smith said his deputies were summoned to a residence on Deberry’s Mill Road near Conway in reference to a shooting and domestic dispute. Upon their arrival shortly before 11 pm, deputies made contact with a female victim approximately 34 years old that lives at the residence.

“The female appeared to have sustained one single gunshot wound to the abdomen area and sustained injuries to her facial area,” Smith said.

The female victim was transported to a local hospital and is considered to be in stable condition.

Upon further investigation by NCSO Sgt. A. Leitner it was determined that the accused was Saddler.

Smith said Saddler refused to exit the residence, one that he shares with his girlfriend (the victim). Compounding that stand-off was the fear for the safety of several minors, all under the age of 13, inside the residence. Fortunately, none of the children were injured.

After approximately two hours, Saddler exited the residence and voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement without further incident.

Sheriff Smith stated that his office takes these types of assault calls very seriously.

‘We are committed to doing all that we can legally do to protect others,” Smith said. “I would like to thank all of our deputies and Sgt. Leitner for the prompt effort in handling this case and everyone working together to help the victim.

“I’m thankful that we were able to arrest the accused subject for his actions in this unnecessary and senseless assault without any further incident,” the Sheriff added. “I’m thankful that this situation did not result in a more tragic situation and thankful that the victim is in stable condition. I encourage anyone that is the victim of domestic violence or any other crimes to call the Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.”

In addition to the charges filed in Saturday night’s incident, Northampton deputies also served arrest warrants on Saddler from Hertford County. He is wanted there for obtaining property by false pretense, financial card theft, identity theft, financial card fraud, and failure to appear in court.

For those crimes, Saddler was placed under a $6,500 secured bond and is scheduled to answer those charges during a Sept. 20 session of Hertford County Criminal District Court in Winton.



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