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Rocky Mount man charged with assault, kidnapping

Posted February 14, 2011

— Rocky Mount police arrested a man Saturday they say broke into the home of a woman he was dating, assaulted her and then kidnapped her when she tried to escape.

John Blackston Jr., 41, was charged with kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, breaking and entering, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked.

Police said Blackston had gone on a date with the victim that night. When she returned home, police said, Blackston was inside the house and attempted to assault her. The victim tried to call 911 and then escape in her car, but Blackston got in and took control of the wheel, police said.

Authorities spotted the car on the 700 block of Nashville Road in Rocky Mount, where they said Blackston was trying to put the victim in the trunk. He fled on foot when he saw the responding officers. He was arrested a short time later.

The victim was taken to Nash General Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Blackston was being held in the Nash County jail on a $40,000 bond.


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  • Mugu Feb 15, 2011

    Sometimes no means yes.

  • danunger Feb 15, 2011

    NO means NO.....metallic click....get the idea now creeps?

  • Glass Half Full Feb 15, 2011

    This fellow has a record dating back to when he became an adult. Makes me think he's been doing this stuff for a long time. Took 2 seconds to check him out. Women have to take the initiave and check men out before going out with them. Won't be able to dodge every bullet, but had to see this one coming.

  • carolinagal78 Feb 15, 2011

    Geesh! There are seriously some scary people in this world. I'm glad I'm getting married this year. lol!

  • Canes Girl Forever Feb 15, 2011

    Only $40,000?

  • braddavis Feb 15, 2011

    $40,000 is very low on the bond.

  • bear2010 Feb 15, 2011

    And this would be why Iam single ...

    I totally understand, I'm single too..

    NO!! MEANS NO!!!

  • bluetarheel21 Feb 15, 2011

    And this would be why Iam single ...

  • RB-1 Feb 14, 2011

    I hate when men and women do this to those they claim to love. WTH is wrong with them? Insanity or just plain immaturity?

    Praying for the lady in this case. Might be time for her to leave town because the law will not deal fully with this nut and next time, he might kill her.

  • saywhaaaaat Feb 14, 2011

    Sick man......Proves to show ladies. Be careful when meeting a new person.