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Rocky Mount man admits to kidnapping ex-wife, son

Posted October 13, 2011

— A Rocky Mount man admitted in court this week that he kidnapped his ex-wife and then-2-year-old son from their home and took them to Kill Devil Hills more than a year ago.

Timothy Allen Sutton, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping and one count of first-degree burglary in Nash County Superior Court. He was sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in prison.

He had also faced charges of assault and violating a domestic protective order.

Rocky Mount police said that Sutton broke into his ex-wife's home through a window on May 22, 2010, assaulted her at gunpoint and then forced her and their son into a vehicle. He forced them to go to Kill Devil Hills, where his ex-wife managed to escape and call for help, police said. Kill Devil Hills police tracked down and arrested Sutton.

Sutton had already been imprisoned for 15 to 18 months after being convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon in Dare County in connection with the kidnapping, according to state Department of Correction records.

He also has 16 convictions dating to 1993, including attempted assault inflicting serious injury, breaking and entering, property damage and driving while impaired.


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  • charliependergrass Oct 14, 2011

    I am glad to see someone actually get convicted for crimes like this. And as waitingforcolby said He lied about his past. Dont judge the woman in this situation. She prob didnt find out how he was til after about a year of being with this person. That is how men like that are. They seem perfect and then all of a sudden they are the devil. I was in the same situation with my ex, he kiddnapped me twice and the original charges were two counts of 2nd degree kiddnapping that got reduced to 1 count of felonus restraint. He got probation. So I am glad to see this man get a real charge for the crimes he committed.

  • hmmmmm Oct 14, 2011

    Put him away.

  • kjackson47 Oct 14, 2011

    Some people like prison

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 13, 2011

    Him not too bright is he?

  • waitingforcolby Oct 13, 2011

    No he accidently put the gun down and got out and she sped off with her child in the van. He lied about his past, man with a good job, brand new truck and full of lies. Wasnt until after they were married he told the truth. Anyone can be fooled.

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  • lumberman Oct 13, 2011

    This is why the USA is in such bad shape. This guy has been in the legal system way to many times to have been on the street. We have got to develop a real justice system to handle people like this. Once you get a certain number of points on you record you are just locked away for ever. No rights no nothing. Put them in a cell 25 deep who should care. If they kill each other oh well you should have stayed out of jail. Sounds to crude to mean. Well what has this guy cost the taxpayers in trips through the legal system to only be out and about among decent people.

  • Tax Man Oct 13, 2011

    So does this fit the description of a habitual felon? And why should he ever get out of prison? One or two mistakes - if you don't learn your lesson then no more time in society.

  • Caring Oct 13, 2011

    It is so sad that it took all of this to happen before the judge put him away for yrs. We need to see more of this with crimes!!! This is why our crime rate is so high because we have no prison terms for the crimes that they do. They get off too easy and before you know it, someone is dead!!!

  • Coach K is still GREAT Oct 13, 2011

    "He forced them to go to Kill Devil Hills, where his ex-wife managed to escape and call for help, police said. Kill Devil Hills police tracked down and arrested Sutton."

    When she escaped... did she leave her child with this monster??