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Johnston deputy attacked while making arrest

Posted May 15, 2014

Dylan Wayne Stewart, left, Austin Lee Stewart and Tabitha Lynn Pate
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— A Johnston County deputy was repeatedly kicked Tuesday evening while taking a man into custody in Garner, authorities said.

Deputy M. Keen responded to a 911 call that a man was breaking windows at a home in the 10000 block of Cleveland Road, and he apprehended a suspect after a brief foot chase, authorities said. As Keen was on the ground handcuffing the man, a second man and a woman began to kick the deputy in the face.

A second deputy arrived a short time later to help Keen and take all three people into custody.

Dylan Wayne Stewart, 19, his brother, Austin Lee Stewart, 20, both of Cleveland Road, and Tabitha Lynn Pate, 19, of Cornwallis Road in Garner, were each charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. They were being held in the Johnston County jail under $200,000 bonds.

Keen was treated at a nearby hospital for a concussion and other injuries and released.


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  • dwr1964 May 16, 2014

    15-30 years in the slammer should be about right.

  • Sean Creasy May 16, 2014
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    Here is yet another example of why NC needs to bring back roadside cleanup chain gangs....

  • Djofraleigh Anderson May 16, 2014
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    Kicking someone in the head is life threatening, so the charge is valid. Wait until you are kicked in the head.

    I'd rather have OJ wife killers out free (he's no threat to me) than those who break into my home, whether I;m there or not.

    How do we get LEOs to do what they do? It's a thin blue line...

  • common tater May 16, 2014

    Seems like 3 people that need the constant controls and guidance they're going to get for the next few years.

  • curiousgeorgia May 16, 2014

    Gosh, I hope he will be okay, concussions are nothing to take lightly--I've suffered a few myself. G-d protect L.E.O.'s

  • Lightfoot3 May 16, 2014

    "Charged with Intent to Kill. I don't think so. They must have some bad feet. Sounds like a little exaggeration to me." - Lucas Turner

    I agree. While I have no sympathy for them, they were probably INTENDING to beat him up and escape rather then kill him.

  • stratomaster May 16, 2014

    That would have been a justifiable shooting.
    And once again Super Hans is trolling for an argument by making asinine comments.

  • Forthe Newssite May 16, 2014
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    I can certainly see the attempted murder charge....and once again

    reading comprehension is a good thing....

    the deputy was ALONE initially and at the time of the kicking was attempting to handcuff dumb when dumber and dumbest started kicking him, about the same time as deputy #2 arrived.

  • Obamacare returns again May 15, 2014

    Perhaps it's time deputies began wearing hard hats as a precaution.

  • disgusted2010 May 15, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Were you there?