Couple charged after deputy breaks shoulder during arrest attempt


BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Fairmont man is in jail charged with assaulting and injuring a Bladen County Sheriff’s deputy yesterday. The Sheriff’s Office says Dep. Kenny Simmons broke his shoulder in four places and will require surgery.

Investigators say Simmons was responding to a call that Lamont Allen Griffin, 34, and his girlfriend, Rebecca Lynn Fields, 30, had been stealing from a man they were living with at 1157 Munns Lane in Tar Heel.

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When Dep. Simmons arrived at the home Wednesday morning, he learned Griffin and Fields had outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court on prior charges.

The Sheriff’s Office says when Simmons tried to arrest Griffin, Griffin pushed the deputy off the doorsteps, and Simmons landed on his right shoulder. Investigators say Griffin and Fields immediately took off running after seeing that Simmons was injured.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office used its helicopter and K-9 units from several agencies to find the couple.

They arrested Fields about 10:40 a.m. in a field near the home. She is charged with resisting a public officer and was served with the order for arrest for failing to appear in court. Fields is in the Bladen County Jail under an $11,000 secured bond.

Griffin was arrested around 12:45 p.m. after he tried to go to back to the home to get his cell phone. He is charged with the assault on Dep. Simmons, along with charges of misdemeanor larceny, communicating threats, and six counts of failing to appear in court. Griffin is in the Bladen County Jail under a $314,750 secured bond.