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Warrant: Man chased 16-year-old with a machete

Posted October 5, 2009
Updated October 6, 2009

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— Raleigh police arrested a 38-year-old man Monday whom they say went after a teenager with a machete.

Burt Nathan Hinkson, of 3300-204 Quail Hollow Drive, and another unknown man were armed with machetes when they chased a 16-year-old through a parking lot on Sept. 15, according to the arrest warrant.

The likely motive for the offense was to try and prevent the victim from testifying in an assault case, the warrant stated.

Hinkson was charged with two felonies – intimidating a witness and assault with a deadly weapon. He was released Monday from the Wake County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

Police were still searching for Hinkson's accomplice. The victim was not seriously injured.


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  • TheAdmiral Oct 6, 2009

    My question is: What did the 16 year old do to deserve such?

  • Adelinthe Oct 6, 2009

    "Hinkson was charged with two felonies – intimidating a witness and assault with a deadly weapon. He was released Monday from the Wake County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond."

    What lame brained magistrate let him out with this low a bond???

    Intimidating a witness is a federal crime, isn't it???

    Praying for the kid.

    Run Kid Run!!!

    God bless.


  • familyfour Oct 6, 2009

    Winston...I always like what you say a whole lot better than what I say!

  • Diabolical Oct 6, 2009

    I don't get this court system, Knowing how dangerous this guy is and knowing he would of went after a witness ... Why the heck did you let him back out on the street??? And why isn't she in some witness protection program until after the trial is over??? That poor girl has got be traumatized by now.

  • Winston Oct 6, 2009

    I miss out out on all the fun....I would've enjoyed that party. "hey machete, meet .357"

  • familyfour Oct 6, 2009


    He gets out after trying to kill a kid that is going to testify in an assault trial?

    OMG. See....this is why it will NEVER end.

    Criminals MUST be treated WORSE than VICTIMS and their WITNESSES. Worry about the rights of the criminal after you prove they aren't guilty.

    We have it all backwards, and it is killing us!

  • ctechic2004 Oct 6, 2009

    Everybody is trying to blame the court system and the magistrate. How about blaming the US Constitution seeing that it prohibts excessive bonds. It's not fair but it is the law.

  • traipsingthru Oct 6, 2009

    Goodness, the second accomplice has not been caught yet. The first has been released. This child is in danger. I forget, that the state is not in the protection business. I grew up in Sampson county during the seventies; one crazy enraged adult, with a weapon, chasing teens or children, this was called misbehavior.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 6, 2009

    Released! Wow! I would assume that before you allow someone, you would first determine if they are a flight risk, AND if they are a danger to anyone else. In this case, he is DEFINITELY more than a risk to this teens life. Imagine the uproar if something DOES happen. Ridiculous! The court system should pay for a 24 hour per day body guard for this teen. And that's not totally safe.

  • AtALost Oct 6, 2009

    Our justice system is a game. It's like a vacation instead of prison and if there's a chance you won't have a bed, they set a low bail so you can go home. It seems the only goal is to keep lawyers busy and collect fees/court costs. When the teen turns up missing or dead, they'll just tack on another charge and insist they had no way of knowing it could happen. We should add caning as a punishment, limit meals to 1 a day and remove TVs from all prisons. There should be some incentive to avoid prison. Currently, the only incentive is the threat of violence and that's not much of a threat if most of your friends/neighbors are already there. Wake of NC!!