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Off-duty officers, men assaulted at Rocky Mount club

Posted July 6, 2009

— Rocky Mount police made two arrests after separate fights at a nightclub early Saturday led to the stabbing of two men and the assault of two off-duty officers. A shooting into a house might also be linked to the fights.

Police said that Travis Freeman and Gregory Freeman were stabbed with a knife by an unidentified person during a fight at Club 252, 2720 N. Church St.

Travis Freeman was stabbed in the chest, and Gregory Freeman was stabbed in the hip. Both were transported to Nash General Hospital and were in stable condition.

Police have not identified their attacker.

Later that night, two off-duty officers working at the club saw a person on the dance floor being assaulted by two men – identified by police as Christopher Silver and Aligh-Juwan Strayhorne. When officers intervened, Silver kicked one, Strayhorne pushed the other to the floor, and the men then fled the club.

Strayhorne sped away but was stopped near the club, police said. He was arrested and charged with assault on a government official, careless and reckless driving, assault and driving with a revoked license.

Silver was arrested over the weekend and charged with assault on a government official and physical assault.

Police are also investigating a shooting into an occupied dwelling early Sunday in connection with the assaults.

April Fields told police that she believes someone shot at her Branch Street house in retaliation for the fight involving Silver and Strayhorne.


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  • DaisyMay Jul 7, 2009

    First of all, kwazimac is correct - what determines misdemeanor or felony is the mannor by which the assault occured (knife, gun, etc.), but is the same charge reguardless of victim.

    Secondly, Mrs. H - you are very correct. Mr. Chris Silver has had many altercations with police, and just as the SC Killer, Eve Carson's killers, and too many more to mention in NC...if the judicial system does not properly handle this - it will only continue to worsen.

  • voiceofreason32 Jul 7, 2009

    No, it is a misdemeanor. I did read the law. It is not a felony in NC to assault an LEO.
    Whatever the law considers felony assault on a regular citizen is also considered felony assault on LEO (guns, knives, hand grenades).
    I am a retired LEO and have charged a few people with Assault on LEO with a ticket, it is a misdemeanor.

  • SilverWolf Jul 7, 2009


    assault on a government official is not a Misdemeanor it is a felony. I expect you forgot to read that paragraph before you made your post.

  • voiceofreason32 Jul 7, 2009

    Misdemeanor Assaults (14-33)
    a. Any person who commits a simple assault or a simple assault and battery ... [is] punishable ...

    b. ... any person who commits any assault, assault and battery, ... [is] punishable ... if:

    Inflicts or attempts to inflict serious injury ... or uses a deadly weapon; or
    Assaults a female, he being a male ... at least 18 years of age; or
    Assaults a child under ... 12 years; or
    Assaults a law-enforcement officer, ... or
    Assaults an officer of the ... Court ...
    Assaults a school administrator, school teacher, substitute teacher, teacher's aide, ... Classification: a) Class 2 Misdemeanor ($50 or 30 days); b) Misdemeanor (two years and/or fine)

    Its all the same punishment, its just a different name...read the law b/f you start making ignorant posts.

  • testing2005 Jul 7, 2009

    I agree with other charges, but "assault on a government official"??? Off duty police officer is not a government official, he is a citizen, just like everyone else.
    The more jobs are gone or lost, the more crime we will have - that is the rule of life. Those who do not work, will steal, will kill and stand up against law. Time to prepare for different kind of life - in a poor country.

  • SilverWolf Jul 7, 2009


    By giving the impression there is special treatment. That is how. Take you blinders off and look at the real world, pal. Kind of hard to see the reality of things from behind the gate of your community. Those who think authority figures never abuse their power are all to common in this state and nation. Question everything or go hide under a rock which is what most of you choose to do. Yeah, cops have a tough job but they signed up for it. An assault is an assault, doesn't matter who the victim is. An assault on a LEO is no worse than an assault on any one of us. That is my point. Special treatment for the few is a page right out of the old USSR or Germany from WWII. No one in a free society deserves special rights. NO ONE!!!

  • vipclean Jul 6, 2009

    Anyone willing to take on the job of being a police officer in RM needs as much backing as they can get. If you are not familiar with the demise of this city just be thankful you don't live here. I do not want to sound negative, but I have to be realistic. No new jobs and all the good ones have gone elsewhere. Crime always follows such and it clearly has here.

  • Hmmmmmm Jul 6, 2009

    SilverWolf that is probably one of the dumbest statements I have read. These people have a responsiblity to place themselves in harms way to protect others. How does a different charge causes distrust?

  • SilverWolf Jul 6, 2009

    Its never a good idea to assault a LEO. I would never condone such an action except under extreme circumstances. The thing I have a problem with is the charge of assault on a government official. This elevates LEOs above the rest of us and is needless. Cops already have way too much power over the average individual. There is absolutely no reason to make an assault on a police officer any worse of a crime than it already is. This elitist attitude is not a good thing for anyone, particularly for LEOs who often suffer because of the appearance of special rights and privileges. In the long run it not only breeds contempt but also distrust of all LEOs. They put their pants on the same way we do, why should they be granted special rights the rest of us do not enjoy? I remember from history another organization that received special treatment such as this. They were not an honorable organization by any stretch of the imagination. This is not an anti-LEO post but anti-legislation post.

  • RMT-NC Jul 6, 2009

    Yes, they need to bulldoze it preferably with the ones causing the problems still in it!