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2 suspects in CineBistro knife fight arrested

Posted December 4, 2019 8:31 a.m. EST
Updated December 5, 2019 6:54 a.m. EST

— Two people charged with assault in a knife fight at a Cary movie theater last month have been arrested, court records show.

Saquawn Shakur Bolds, 26, of Wendell, and Jamese Kulanie Thompson, 26, of Raleigh, turned themselves in Wednesday night.

Earlier Wednesday, the Cary Police Department identified them as suspects wanted after a fight broke out at the CinéBistro theater, in the Waverly Place shopping center, on Nov. 8.

Bolds was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Thompson was charged with one count of misdemeanor simple assault.

Warrants state Bolds stabbed one person in the abdomen and two people in the arm during the brawl. Thompson pulled a woman's hair, warrants state.

Bolds, Thompson and two other people who were watching a movie at the theater got into an argument that evening. When the couples went into the theater’s lobby, Bolds took out a pocket knife and started swinging it, police said.

"[It was] a trivial argument that started in the movie theater that moved into the lobby. Unfortunately, it escalated into a physical confrontation," said Lt. Matthew Panko of the Cary Police Department. "Obviously, this is very random, very unexpected."

Four people were injured in the fight, including three CinéBistro employees, police said. Thompson also was wounded in the incident, but she fled the scene, police said.

"The safety of our guests and our crew is always our No. 1 concern and priority. We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement to be able to close this case," Janet Armstrong, CinéBistro's regional operations director, said in a statement.

Bolds was convicted in 2013 of robbery, larceny and assault with a deadly weapon and served a little more than a year in prison, according to state Department of Public Safety records. He also has been arrested in the past on charges of assault on a female, kidnapping and drug offenses.

Thompson has been arrested previously on charges of assault and property damage, records show.

Both Bolds and Thompson had bonded out of jail by Thursday morning.

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