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Pitt County trooper punched in the face

Posted November 26, 2009

— A Pitt County Highway Patrol trooper is recovering after being punched in the face by a suspect, officials said.

Trooper Amanda Signs was responding to a hit and run on Joe Stocks Road Thursday when the incident occurred.

The Highway Patrol said Signs was interviewing one of the drivers when the other driver returned to the scene and started a fight with her.

Signs was punched in the face several times. She tried to use mace to stop the attack, but was unsuccessful. Four bystanders helped break up the fight.

The suspect, Robert Lewis Stocks, 29, of Ayden, was arrested. He is charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting a public officer, assault inflicting serious injury, felony assault and felony assault on a law enforcement officer.

Signs was taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital with a broken nose, multiple lacerations and bruises on her face. She was treated and released.


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  • robinp Dec 2, 2009

    I hope that the views that state females should not be troopers are not speaking from ignorance. The females are trained with the males and are not given any preferential treatment. Does the public have any idea how many MEN do not graduate from patrol school. If you would read the Greenville paper to get the eyewitness views then you would understand that Trooper Signs did not need the help from the bystanders to apprehend Mr. Stocks. WRAL is a wonder news channel however, they missed the mark this time.

  • Halyard Nov 27, 2009

    Nice comment leo-nc. This officer's life was in peril IMO, it could have been a lot worse I'm sure.

  • squawk08 Nov 27, 2009

    Its a shame that this police officer got no respect what so ever. Whether shes male or female, while wearing the uniform shes a police officer, trying to do the job of protecting the citizens of Pitt County. Of course if she had of shot this idiot, she would of been blamed for hurting the suspect and not doing her job.

  • leo-nc Nov 27, 2009

    She got a lot more than punched in the face. A lot more... I won't go into detail, but suffice it to say there are probably a few people posting here that wouldn't make it through what she had to get through. How about keeping the judgment to yourself for once and just wish her well? Is that possible?

  • orionsteve Nov 27, 2009

    Women are not allowed in combat in our armed forces and it should be the same for police officers. I am glad this officer is ok but it could have been a lot worse. The only protection a woman has when wearing a police uniform is the hope that the perp will respect that. Other than that, he has the upper hand, and that is dangerous for a woman trooper. Welcome to the world of political correctness.

  • ranquick Nov 27, 2009

    timb you did not think before you spoke. There are some women out there that can do just as good a job as a man can and vice versa. A drunk is a drunk and sometime no matter if man or woman being drunk brings out a part of a person we would not normally see. This guy needs to be charge with attempted murder as well and then maybe he would learn his leasson!!!!!

  • Adelinthe Nov 27, 2009

    "The suspect, Robert Lewis Stocks, 29, of Ayden, was arrested. He is charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting a public officer, assault inflicting serious injury, felony assault and felony assault on a law enforcement officer."

    Throw the book on him. He not only did that to an officer of the law, but to a woman.

    His mama must be so proud.

    Praying for the officer.

    God bless.


  • doubletrouble Nov 27, 2009

    Being a trooper is a dangerous enough job. They have to cover large distances without quick backup in alot of cases. I don't feel that most female troopers will get alot of respect, from people with little or no morals to begin with. I take my hat off to the women who do go in the NCHP, but mass is mass and unless a female trooper is really on her guard, and willing to skin her weapon quickly, these types of results are going to happen. Hoping for a quick recovery.

  • lkanzig Nov 27, 2009

    this state has some really mentally challenged people! basically blaming the state trooper for getting punched? how pathetic! it dosnt matter if they are small in stature or female. if someone is drunk and is combative they are going to try to fight no matter who it is. you people really need to join reality, but then again you are clueless and pigheaded.
    i hope the trooper recovers and stays on the job!

  • twc Nov 27, 2009

    timbo, that's not the way it works. If it was, then we would only hire people who we know for sure could not be beat in a fight.

    She had an equalizer on her hip. There have been situations where other officers have used that equalizer.

    On this occasion, I think she tried to use reasonable force; next time I would like to see her use unreasonable force.

    I'm sure there are some bigger, faster, stronger officers in her area that now want to offer the perp a chance at them.