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Stevie Bernard

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man is being held without bond in the Franklin County Jail after being charged with assaulting a police officer and three counts of resisting arrest.

Stevie Isaiah Bernard, 54, was arrested Sunday in the woods behind a residence on Circle View Street in Rocky Mount, according to Lt. Justin Sigmon with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Bernard is charged with three counts of resisting arrest, escape from custody, assaulting a police officer, breaking and entering, trespassing and defrauding an innkeeper.

Bernard was being sought by Danville police on an outstanding warrant when he was stopped for a traffic violation in Rocky Mount a couple of weeks ago, Sigmon said. He fled the scene on foot during the traffic stop.

Then Saturday night, Bernard and a female companion allegedly broke into a room at the Hometown Inn on U.S. 220 and stayed for several hours, Sigmon said.

Early Sunday morning, deputies received a report that Bernard was at a residence on Greer Lane in Rocky Mount, Sigmon said. When deputies arrived, Bernard allegedly jumped out of a back window after an altercation with two deputies.

About two hours later, the owners of a residence on Diamond Avenue called to report that someone had been in their basement, Sigmon said. Bernard had allegedly gained entry into the basement and changed his clothing.

Deputies and Rocky Mount police officers set up a perimeter and called out Sgt. Kelvin Pruett and his canine partner, "Ammo," to help with the search.

The dog led deputies to Circle View Street, where Bernard was located and arrested after an alleged altercation with an officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department.

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