UPDATE: ECU Police speeding stop leads to kidnapping charge against Belhaven man

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - ECU Police are providing more details about the arrest of a Beaufort County man charged with kidnapping.

Around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, ECU Police stopped a car for speeding in the area of Biltmore Street and Fourth Street in Greenville. Police say the driver was Antonio Smith, 24, of Belhaven.

When an officer approached the vehicle officials say that Smith sped away.

The officer followed Smith who officials say eventually stopped his vehicle on River Bluff Drive and attempted to get away on foot. Smith was quickly arrested without further incident.

Police say that a woman in the car identified herself and said the suspect used a gun to force her into the vehicle. Officials say she is an acquaintance of the suspect and is not a student or employee at ECU.

Smith is also not an ECU student or employee.

Smith is charged with assault by pointing a gun, kidnapping, speeding to flee/elude arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding. Additionally, he was served with an existing warrant for felony probation violation.


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A Beaufort County man is behind bars in the east on kidnapping and assault charges Monday morning.

ECU Police arrested Antonio Smith, 24, of Pantego, on Sunday on charges for kidnapping, assault and fleeing. Arrest warrants show that police believe Smith kidnapped a woman 'for the purpose of terrorizing' her.

Officers caught up with Smith on Sunday in the area of 10th Street and Riverbluff Road. Officers noted that at the time of arrest, Smith was pulled over for excessive speeding, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license.

He is currently being held at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $275,000 bond pending his first appearance in court Monday morning.