Assault suspect charged with intimidating witnesses

By Chris Berendt -


A Plain View man already facing felony offenses in an assault case earlier this year now stands charged with intimidating a witness in the case, according to Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities.

Jonathan Allen Norris, 35, of Lee’s Chapel Church Road, Dunn, was charged with intimidating a witness and obstruction of justice stemming from his alleged actions against a witness from a case earlier this year.

On Thursday of last week, investigators were contacted by the Sampson County District Attorney’s Office in regard to a suspect intimidating a witness in a case. After investigators conducted an investigation, a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Norris, who was taken into custody at a separate Lee’s Chapel Church Road residence.

He was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $250,000 cash bond.

Norris was charged with assault with a deadly weapon intending to kill inflicting serious injury, common law robbery and possession of a firearm by felon stemming from an incident that occurred on Feb. 4 at 72 Moses Register Lane.

According to Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, during the incident, the victim was approached by suspects, allegedly including Norris, about payment for some labor they had performed at a job. The victim reported he was assaulted by the suspects and then they fled the location. Later, an investigation led officers to arrest Norris and Aulsie Norris in connection with the assault.

Recently, the victim reported that threats were made by Norris about the case. He was charged with witness intimidation, received a $10,000 bond and made bond. However, after making bond, Smith noted, Norris allegedly threatened someone else involved in the case and was again arrested and charged with intimidating a witness, bringing the quarter-million dollar bond.


By Chris Berendt

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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