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Man accused of dragging Raleigh officers with car

Posted January 24, 2015

Joseph Mederious Craveiro

— A 62-year-old Raleigh man was arrested and charged late Friday after he allegedly dragged two Raleigh police officers with a car while trying to escape from them.

Joseph Mederious Craveiro, of 1420 S. Wilmington St., is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing to elude arrest and resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer.

According to a Raleigh Police Department spokesman, officers M.R. Styers and K.A. Strachan approached Craveiro's car in the parking lot of a convenience store at 3741 Capital Boulevard at about 11:20 p.m. because it did not have a license plate.

During a conversation with Craveiro, the officers observed drug paraphernalia and asked him to step out of the car. He drove away, dragging the officers through the parking lot, officials said.

Styers and Stachan were able to disengage from the vehicle before it entered southbound travel lanes on Capital Boulevard. Neither officer sustained injuries that required medical attention.

Officers located the car on Flintshire Drive a short time later, and Craveiro was arrested inside a home at 3225 Flintshire Drive. He was being held in the Wake County jail Saturday.

Friday's arrest is the third this month for Craveiro. He was charged on Jan. 5 with assault with a deadly weapon. A day later, he was charged with shoplifting.


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  • farello1 Jan 26, 2015

    62 years old..this is sad to think this man has probably wasted his entire life to petty crimes and violations. feel bad for the police, they have the worlds worst job just trying to keep the trash off the streets. God Bless Our Police

  • Doug Moseley Jan 25, 2015
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    "Neither officer sustained injuries that required medical attention."

    I really don't understand how people can think that a single news article, which frequently gets updated and corrected, can give anyone enough information to determine what really happened.

    But since you all seem to be relying so much on what's printend to justify your positions, how did you all miss that part I quoted?

    It didn't say they were not injured, there boots not scuffed and clothing torn. It said they didn't sustain (significant enough? )injuries that required medical attention (from a medical professional)(but they did use bandaids from there glove box? ).

  • NotLiberal Jan 25, 2015

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    No one is arguing with you or the original poster. My point is that whether or not the officers were dragged or not or whether or not they were injured had nothing to do with the charges laid in this matter and those charges were not "trumped up," "exaggerated" or "an even larger injustice." Nor did I see that they were "crying wolf."

    While the facts reported here may be in conflict the magistrate found probable cause to believe an assault with a deadly weapon occured and again, my point is that no injury is required for this charge.

    If my point was misunderstood, I apologize. It was not my attempt to be purposely obtuse, but to explain the actual principles that are in operation here. Hopefully this will put this issue to bed and again if I did anything to offend anyone it was not my intent.

  • jae45nc Jan 25, 2015

    Joe aka Joe The Boss is a career criminal. He served 17 years in Rhode Island Federal Prison for mob related crimes. Upon his release he moved to Raleigh for a fresh start, but was never able to acclimate back into society.
    He only recently found permanent housing with friends. His main home has been the shelter downtown.
    No matter how many chances he got at a fresh start, he just couldn't pull himself together, mainly because of his addiction to crack and prostitutes.
    The look on his face is a testament to how proud of himself he is, because of his strong hate towards authority.
    I wish he had been able to put his demons to rest, but I always knew he would end up back in prison.
    If he gets out this time, it will be a miracle.

  • babylaceycarpenter Jan 25, 2015

    I am not claiming that there are no grounds for the charge of assault. I am saying that if these cops were in fact dragged, there would at least be some boot scuffing or pants torn or shirt ripped and even a scratch or two. Being that the article claims there were absolutely no injuries of any kind, I find it hard to believe these cops were "dragged". I agree with mckangst. They ran along side of the car, maybe holding onto the door frame, for about 10 steps. then let go. Simple isn't it?

  • mediawatcher Jan 25, 2015

    The legal definition of assault is quite different from the traditional belief of what assault is as believed by most people. From Black's Law Dictionary: "An unlawful attempt or offer, on the part of one man, with force or violence, to inflict a bodily hurt upon another. An attempt or offer to beat another, without touching him; as if one lifts up his cane or his fist in a threatening manner at another ; or strikes at him, but misses him. 3 Bl. Comm. 120; 3 Steph. Comm. 469. Aggravated assault is one committed with the intention of committing some additional crime; or one attended with circumstances of peculiar outrage or atrocity. Simple assault is one committed with no intention to do any other injury. An assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. Pen. Code Cal."

    Legal assault requires no resulting injury to be characterized as assault.

  • babylaceycarpenter Jan 25, 2015

    NOTLIBERAL....I am pretty sure I understood mckangst quite clearly. I also agree with him 100%. Have you ever been "dragged" by a car? I have. It tore my clothing and skinned up my boots pretty good. I even had 2 or 3 strawberries on my arms. Point is, being "dragged" across pavement or cement, will leave a mark on something. The story clearly states that there were no injuries of any kind. It is very hard to believe that, if they were in fact "dragged". How about this. Go get someone who is willing to let you hang onto their car, while you are dragged. Make sure you hang on good. Your feet will be real close to the rear tire so you don't want to slip. You should only need to go a couple hundred feet. No running next to the car, you must be "dragged". When you do finally stop, take a eek at your shoes and pants. Then you will understand what you have been missing all along. Thank you.

  • NotLiberal Jan 25, 2015

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    I have simply been trying to explain to the other poster that the charges leveled against the suspect in this case were not "trumped up." The suspect was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor. The other poster seems to believe that this charge requires serious injury which apparently did not happen here. Assault with a deadly weapon requires no injury just an assault using a weapon, here a car. Assault requires no injury or in a strict legal sense no contact with the weapon. Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury is a felony. There is a very great difference between a misdemeanor and a felony.

    I am done with this discussion.

  • NotLiberal Jan 25, 2015

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    Assault with a deadly weapon requires NO SERIOUS INJURY. If there were serious injury the charges would Assault with a deadly weapon Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. A totally different charge, carrying an enhanced penalty.

  • FordMan Jan 25, 2015

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    They need to hang him in a tree , and don`t let him go to court , to save tax payer`s money.

    Go ahead and hang him in a tree to save money