A 20-year-old man was arrested for resiting a public officer after what officials are calling a puzzling incident that took place late Monday night on Indiantown Road, just outside of Clinton.
Prentice Jacobs, 20, of 742 Indiantown Road, was charged after allegedly fighting with officers who attempted to place him in handcuffs around 10 p.m. Monday.
According to reports from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the Indiantown Road residence concerning a missing person, said to be Jacobs’ 19-year-old girlfriend.
“From what we understand, the subject drove to his parents house in his girlfriend’s vehicle,” said Capt. Eric Pope Tuesday morning of the incident. “When he got to the house, he was acting irrational, and out of concern for the girlfriend’s well being, we were called to the residence for a missing persons report.”
Pope explained that once the deputies got to the residence, they found Jacobs’ behavior to be strange.
“The story deputies were told was that the suspect met up somewhere with his girlfriend and left his vehicle at that location” he explained. “Investigators in the area later found his vehicle and saw footprints believed to have been left by his girlfriend.”
The suspect’s vehicle was believed to have been discovered near Henry Lee Lane just outside of Clinton.
“When the suspect got to the residence in his girlfriend’s vehicle, the parents were concerned for the girlfriend and the girl’s mother was called,”Pope noted.
When they couldn’t get in touch with her, they called law enforcement.
Jacobs, on the other hand, became increasingly aggressive with officers as they questioned him.
As they attempted to place him in handcuffs, the 20-year-old allegedly began fighting with deputies. By this time, officers with the Clinton Police Department, called to assist with the missing person’s report, had arrived on scene as well.
The suspect’s girlfriend, Pope said, was later found at a friend’s house and was uninjured.
“He (Jacobs) was placed in handcuffs at the time because they felt from the way he was acting he was not only a danger to himself but to others as well,” Pope explained. “It was more of a mental health issue situation.”
No injuries were reported in the incident.
Jacobs was taken to Sampson Regional Medical Center for tests.m When he was released, he was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer. He was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center where he was placed under a $3,000 secured bond and given a trial date of Sept. 20. He was later released.
According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, he has no previous convictions.
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