Town commissioner, brother charged with felony assault

(Photos: Beaufory County Sheriff's Office)

CHOCOWINITY, Beaufort County - A Chocowinity town commissioner was charged with felony assault after he and his brother allegedly assaulted a 51-year-old man.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said John Curtis Jenkins Jr, 29, was charged with one count of felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury for the assault. This charge comes roughly a year after the commissioner allegedly assaulted a female in 2016.

On Wednesday, deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of an assault on the Hodges Road in Chocowinity. When they arrived on the scene, deputies found the victim, a 51-year-old resident, in need of medical attention. Emergency medical responders were then called to treat the victim.

After talking to the victim and a witness, deputies discovered that the victim was assaulted with an "undetermined" weapon.

The victim told the deputies on scene that he was knocked to the ground by one of the suspects and kicked by the other while on the ground. The assault stemmed from words the victim had with a family member of the two suspects sometime last week, officials said in a press release.

The commissioner's 22-year-old brother, John Aaron Matthew Jenkins, was charged with one count each of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Both men were served with arrest warrants on Thursday.

John Curtis Jenkins Jr was released on a $15,000 secured bond while John Aaron Matthew Jenkins was released on a $20,000 secured bond.

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