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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

February 7, 2002
Contact: Pamela Walker
             (919) 716-3733

Offender arrested for assault on officers

PITTSBORO- Bryant Keith Blackwell, 27, is in the Chatham County Jail facing charges of assaulting two probation officers, resisting arrest, possession of cocaine and several other charges. He was arrested Feb. 2 by two Raleigh/Durham Area Violent Crime Task Force agents with the assistance of the Durham Police Department.

The charges stem from an incident Jan. 25 in Chatham County. Probation officers Roy Allen and Kevin Stone went to serve a probation violation warrant on Blackwell. The officers were trying to get Blackwell out of a car when they say the offender put the car in reverse and sped backwards. Officer Stone was pinned between the open door and the car and was dragged approximately 30 feet. Officer Allen was knocked down by the vehicle. Blackwell then jumped from the car and ran. The officers were treated for minor injuries.

A week later, task force agents Mike Enlowe, a Wake County probation officer, and Joe Hunt, a Raleigh Police Department detective, found Blackwell at a Durham motel. He was arrested without incident.

"Enlowe and Chief Probation/Parole Officer Anthony Taylor are to be commended for their investigative work and commitment," said Robert Lee Guy, Division of Community Corrections director. "The two heard about the January incident and because of their involvement with the task force, locations and sources were checked based on background information we had on Blackwell."

Blackwell had been on probation for drug possession charges since July 2000. Before that he was in prison from July 1997 until August 1999 on manslaughter charges in the September 1996 death of Chadrick Alfred Morrow in Orange County.

The Raleigh/Durham Area Violent Crime Task Force is made of up law enforcement officers from the Division of Community Corrections, FBI, SBI, Raleigh Police Department, Durham Police Department, Wake County Sheriff’s Department, Durham County Sheriff’s Department and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. It was started in 1994 as a collaborative effort to locate violent offenders wanted by various law enforcement agencies.

For more information contact Pamela Walker at the number above.

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