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Police: Soldier stabbed ex-wife, held her captive

Posted June 27, 2011 11:50 a.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2011 5:47 p.m. EDT

— A Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with attacking his ex-wife over the weekend and then holding her captive for hours, police said Monday.

Sgt. Vincent Mark Berry, 26, of Pepperbush Drive, was charged Sunday with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, assault on a female and communicating threats. He was being held under a $210,000 bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Monday afternoon.

Spc. Sherrell President said Berry stopped by her home on Geiberger Drive early Sunday. The couple divorced in December, police said.

President, who is newly pregnant, said Berry was "talking so crazy." They went to a bedroom, and he pulled out a chef knife he grabbed from the kitchen, she said.

"Out of the blue, he just snapped," President told WRAL News. "He stabbed me first in the chest. Then, I jumped off the bed and went running down the hall. By the time I got in the living room, he just slammed me to the floor and kept stabbing me."

Police said President was stabbed at least 12 times.

Berry kept President in the bedroom and remained in the house for eight hours, police said. She said he paced outside the door and at times was apologetic.

"This is not me. I've been deployed so many times," President recalled him saying.

Berry has been deployed four times. 

After he left, President went to a neighbor's house to call 911.

President was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

President's 4-year-old son, Cameron, was at a babysitter's house at the time of the incident.