A 26-year-old Sampson County man learned the hard way that it’s not a good idea to take your frustration out on a magistrate, particularly if threats are involved.
Clifton Lemonte Aycock, 45, of 88 Barley Lane, is now facing a felony and two misdemeanors after reportedly becoming irate with a court official after being arrested and taken before him on a child support warrant.
Reports show Aycock is charged with felonious threat to a legal court officer, disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer.
According to Sampson Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, the incident happened Saturday night when officers placed Aycock into custody for the child support warrants and took him before a county magistrate.
Aycock is alleged to have become irate with officers and the magistrate and at one point threatened to do physical harm to the court officer.
“As a result, he was charged with threatening a judicial official,” Smith said.
Aycock was placed under a $25,000 secured bond and has since been released from custody. He is to make his first appearance in Sampson District Court Friday, Aug. 1.
In an unrelated incident, a Clinton-area man was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Saturday and charged with assault after reportedly firing a pistol at another individual.
Scott Wilbourne, 39, of 101 Stanbourne Lane, Clinton, is now charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault by pointing a gun, both misdemeanors.
Smith said the 39-year-old was taken into custody after officers responded to shots fired at 22 Stanbourne Lane, not too far from Wilbourne’s residence.
The victim, Smith said, told officers that Wilbourne had fired a pistol during a verbal dispute.
No one was injured in the incident, and the victim took out warrants against Wilbourne who was served without incident.
He was placed under a $4,500 and later released. Wilbourne will make his first appearance in Sampson District Court on the charges Sept. 2.
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