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Ayden man charged with kidnapping, assaulting 16-year-old girl

Posted January 24, 2013

— Greenville police on Wednesday arrested and charged an Ayden man in connection with the Monday kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl. 

Sherman Lane Smith, 40, is charged with one count each of first-degree kidnapping, felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken into custody at the Camelot Inn in Greenville.

According to investigators, Smith's assault of the teenager resulted in broken ribs, a collapsed lung, severe bruising, a black eye and a cut lip. Smith also cut the girl's throat, police said. 

No information about the girl's condition was immediately available. 

Smith was in the Pitt County jail Thursday under a $300,000 secured bond. Police said Smith has previously been arrested for attempted murder, breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle.


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  • NoWayyyyy Jan 24, 2013

    ah ha! I found a pic of him! here he is....http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Ayden-Man-Accused-Of-Kidnapping-And-Assaulting-Teen-188180751.html

  • NoWayyyyy Jan 24, 2013

    Not that 16 vs 40 is any better, but here is what the Daily Reflector is posting....UPDATE:

    Sgt. Joe Friday with the Greenville Police Department said the victim of a kidnapping and assault was a 40-year-old woman, not a 16-year-old girl as originally stated in a press release.

    Friday also said the two know each other, though the relationship is not yet clear.

  • truthwchz Jan 24, 2013

    Why is he not charged with attempted murder? He cut the girl's throat...

  • mysky Jan 24, 2013

    How many times is this guy going to be allowed on the streets before he finally kills someone? Our judicial system is a joke!!! If it were up to me he would receive the death penalty...eye for an eye

  • proud-bleeding-heart Jan 24, 2013

    Prayers for her. Life in prison for that monster.

  • lisa4 Jan 24, 2013

    He does not need a bond!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SportsLover75 Jan 24, 2013

    "Police said Smith has previously been arrested for attempted murder"

    But yet he was out walking the streets to do it again!! Score
    9 million for the bad guys - 12 for our justice system-- its a shame

  • common tater Jan 24, 2013

    Guys like this need to be quickly sent to meet their one true judge.

  • hardsckull22 Jan 24, 2013

    why no photo which is punishment by shaming to small degree?

  • sunshine1040 Jan 24, 2013

    I guess he thought his action will make him a big man in prison where he should spend the remainder of his life. Sorry but a real man does not beat up on any person or animal for any reason except to defend your self or another person