Chocowinity town commissioner turns himself in for felony stalking warrant

Chocowinity town commissioner John "Curtis" Jenkins is wanted on new charges of felony stalking. (Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Photo)

The Chocowinity town commissioner who had a warrant out for his arrest on Friday has turned himself in.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said in a press release John Curtis Jenkins Jr. turned himself in around 2:30 p.m. In addition to the original charge, he was also charged with resisting an officer. Jenkins had an officer serve a warrant for his arrest from Pitt County for stalking on Thursday. He ran away into the woods and a foot chase to catch him proved unsuccessful.

Jenkins is now in the Beaufort County Detention Center under no bond.



Chocowinity town commissioner John Curtis Jenkins Jr. is wanted on new charges of felony stalking.

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Jim VanLandingham confirmed to NewsChannel 12 that deputies tried to arrest Jenkins with a warrant for felony stalking out of Pitt County last night near one of his father's properties.

Lieutenant VanLandingham said Jenkins then ran away from the deputies on foot. He has yet to be located.

This isn't the first time Jenkins has been in trouble with the law.

Last month, Jenkins was thrown in jail after turning himself in for charges of strangulation and second-degree kidnapping. In November 2017, he was facing charges of assault on a child under 12. Earlier that same month, he and his brother were accused of assaulting a 51-year-old man. In August of 2016, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a female.

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