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Crime Commission staffer accused of trying to run over woman

Posted April 14

James Gardner Lassiter

— A staff member of the Governor's Crime Commission was charged Thursday with assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly tried to run over a woman in a north Raleigh parking lot.

James Gardner Lassiter, 55, of 1624 Bellechasse Drive in Raleigh, also was charged with reckless driving in the incident and was released on a $5,000 bond.

According to a citation, Lassiter sped through the parking lot of the Six Forks Station shopping center at about 8:15 p.m. at about 35 mph, failing to yield to a woman and her daughter in a crosswalk. He then put his 2013 Dodge into reverse and "accelerated at a high rate of speed toward victim in crosswalk," the citation states.

Lassiter is a community development specialist for Crime Victims Services on the Governor's Crime Commission, which serves as the chief advisory body to the governor and the secretary of the Department of Public Safety on crime and justice issues and administers about $100 million in federal grants annually for criminal justice programs in the state.

As a condition of his bond, he was ordered to have no contact with the woman.


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  • Wendy Runyon Apr 15, 4:38 p.m.
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    I don't know about you guys but if I'm handcuffed and taken to jail simply in the basis of your word against mine is be pretty angry as well.

  • Henry Cooper Apr 15, 2:48 p.m.
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    Sorry about the car ref but the same applies as far as the logic. You never know about anyone. I remember some Duke students that were "guilty" based on someones claim.

    Going "all in" one either side of this with what we know is really bad logic and that was more the point than anything. Congrats you found an error and I'm am sure you are proud even though it makes no diff in the principle of my argument.

  • Betsey Duggins Apr 15, 2:40 p.m.
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    What woman in the car? She was walking and at a cross walk with a child. Obviously there were witnesses and he also put the car in reverse in hopes of a second chance! Not sure what went on in his mind, but I am convinced he needs some mental/aggressive behavior help by the sheer sight of his mugshot! May he understand the seriousness of his actions and seek help. The child must be absolutely terrified!

  • Henry Cooper Apr 15, 1:26 p.m.
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    Doesn't the same go for the women in the car?

  • Nancy Oberman Apr 15, 9:53 a.m.
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    Learned a LONG ago, you NEVER really know what someone is capable of.. people we think would never harm a fly can end up doing some pretty atrocious things...just sayin...

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 14, 9:52 p.m.
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    Wendy, I hope you are right. It's such an odd story, and a lot of stores have cameras on the parking lot. Hopefully there's a way to find out what really happened. If he's shown not guilty, that woman should be charged!

  • Wendy Runyon Apr 14, 6:45 p.m.
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    Again, only going off the info wral provides to make a good story
    This wouldn't even be news if it weren't for his job.

  • Brian McLean Apr 14, 5:59 p.m.
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    He needs his rear kicked

  • Wendy Runyon Apr 14, 5:45 p.m.
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    I know this man very well on a professional as well as personal basis. Isn't it just like wral to publish a story before having the facts. I wasn't there but I can tell you from knowing him for 15+ years that this man does not have it on his character to do what this lady accuses him of. And if he loses his job because of her I sincerely hope he hires a very good attorney and Sues her for defamation of character.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Apr 14, 5:36 p.m.
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    Obvious threat to society! Let's see, what the law says.