Arrest made in Jacksonville convenience store assault


JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A Beulaville man accused of attacking a gas station clerk who refused to sell him beer has been arrested. That's according to the Jacksonville Daily News. The paper said Jessie James Hautman Jr., 32, of Christy Drive in Beulaville, was arrested Thursday by the Onslow County Sheriff's Office and charged with felony assault serious inflicting bodily injury, felony conspiracy, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Hautman is accused of punching the 54-year-old man who works at the Scotchman, located at 2347 Catherine Lake Road in Jacksonville, Maj. Chris Thomas with the sheriff's office told The Daily News Tuesday when law enforcement was searching for Hautman and his alleged co-conspirator, who has also been arrested. Steffi Dea Bounds, 29, of Romaine Place in Saint Louis, Missouri, is charged with felony conspiracy and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, according to warrants. The paper also said the two were arrested at the Christy Drive home without issue, Thomas said. A Crime Stoppers tip helped identify the pair. Thomas said Hautman went into the Scotchman for beer and when the clerk refused the sale because of a driver's license issue, Hautman allegedly became angry and got into an argument with the clerk. Hautman then allegedly walked to the parking lot and a few minutes later, Bounds went into the store for beer and was also denied service, Thomas said. Bounds allegedly started throwing items from the counter at the clerk, Thomas said, and the clerk escorted her outside where the argument allegedly continued.