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Police: Soldier stabbed ex-wife, held her captive

Posted June 27, 2011

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— A Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with attacking his ex-wife over the weekend and then holding her captive for hours, police said Monday.

Sgt. Vincent Mark Berry, 26, of Pepperbush Drive, was charged Sunday with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, assault on a female and communicating threats. He was being held under a $210,000 bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Monday afternoon.

Spc. Sherrell President said Berry stopped by her home on Geiberger Drive early Sunday. The couple divorced in December, police said.

President, who is newly pregnant, said Berry was "talking so crazy." They went to a bedroom, and he pulled out a chef knife he grabbed from the kitchen, she said.

"Out of the blue, he just snapped," President told WRAL News. "He stabbed me first in the chest. Then, I jumped off the bed and went running down the hall. By the time I got in the living room, he just slammed me to the floor and kept stabbing me."

Police said President was stabbed at least 12 times.

Berry kept President in the bedroom and remained in the house for eight hours, police said. She said he paced outside the door and at times was apologetic.

"This is not me. I've been deployed so many times," President recalled him saying.

Berry has been deployed four times. 

Spc. Sherrell President Woman says ex-husband stabbed her

After he left, President went to a neighbor's house to call 911.

President was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

President's 4-year-old son, Cameron, was at a babysitter's house at the time of the incident.

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  • oldrwizr Jun 28, 2011

    As long as we have Fayette Nam Durham will never be NC's most violent city.

  • rightisright58 Jun 28, 2011

    Watch the news in the coming days: The real story will come out about this one.

  • cuffslover Jun 27, 2011

    A good good man does not "snap" over nothing,

    Really "A GOOD MAN" or woman walks away and does not inflict bodily harm on any other person period no need to say anymore....

  • justafella Jun 27, 2011

    BTW, restraining orders are worthless. Plenty of women with restraining orders have been killed. There needs to be some REAL change and prevention of domestic abuse. Like men stepping into the issue and letting others know it's W R O N G.
    quiturwhining
    June 27, 2011 2:18 p.m.
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    I'll second that!

  • tusa4s Jun 27, 2011

    Well like the saying goes, "theres more to the story". Think about this: here is a man who has seen war, 4 times without "snapping", he comes home to an ex and freaks out? Mabey the story didnt mention that she told him something like shes pregnant with his best friends baby after leading him to believe it was his but hes going to pay for it anyway. I am a man who has been put in a similar situation and I can tell you this- A good good man does not "snap" over nothing, he only does it after his heart and soul has been tourtured by someone whom he loves and they purposly hurt him in a cruel way. Lets hear the whole story then you make your uninformed comments.

  • opinion2010 Jun 27, 2011

    President, who is newly pregnant, said Berry was "talking so crazy." They went to a bedroom, and he pulled out a chef knife he grabbed from the kitchen, she said...
    I don't understand why they went to the bedroom?? Things that make you go hmmmm...
    If I were divorced, the bedroom would be the last place I would want to be with my ex.
    I know plenty of guys that have deployed more than 4 times and they didn't come back and do something like this.. one being my husband. There are obvious domestic issues in this relationship that are completely unrelated to the military and deployments.

  • ecoley2 Jun 27, 2011

    I don't understand, if a person doesn't want you move on!! That works both for the male or female. Not knowing the severity of the stabbing which now has landed him assault charges, possible attempt murder,,but his military career is now over. Again was it really worth it??

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 27, 2011

    The guy is sick either way you look at it. Military or not he would still been sick. Just way some people are , Just sayin.

  • _kommon_sense_ Jun 27, 2011

    /bump
    BTW, restraining orders are worthless. Plenty of women with restraining orders have been killed. There needs to be some REAL change and prevention of domestic abuse. Like men stepping into the issue and letting others know it's W R O N G.

    well stated Quiturwhining

  • ProudOfMySoldier Jun 27, 2011

    5inchprincess not all military men are like this and many military men will ask for help when they know they need help. But yes there are those that are afraid to ask for help. I have been married to my husband who is prior Marine and now Army and I have never worried or had the feeling he would hurt me or my kids. My husband actually does ask for help if he feels he needs it. Many are afraid that if they ask for help it will then ruin their career and that is so wrong. No one is going to know you have a problem if you dont let others know or get the help.

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