Teens charged with killing pets now arrested after car theft, police chase

LENOIR COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Two teenagers already facing charges in a case that involved the killing of two family parakeets have been arrested in a different county after a chase with a deputy sheriff.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace says that Hallie Pate, 17, of Kinston, and Jordan Ruiz, 18, of Albertson, were arrested on Saturday.

Wallace says that a deputy spotted the pair inside of the stolen vehicle and began chasing them on Highway 111 outside of Albertson.

Wallace says the pair eventually wrecked in the area of Lonnie Lane in Lenoir County before being arrested.

Ruiz is facing several charges including possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest.

Pate was charged with possession of an open container possession of alcohol under age 21 and resisting a public officer.

It was back on February 4th that the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says the two broke into a home on Oak Tree Lane.

The owner of the home, Mark Price, told WITN that his daughter lived at the home and that two parakeets were killed and their blood smeared all over the kitchen cabinets.

Deputies say that a truck was also torched and some items stolen from the home.

The pair is currently being held in the Duplin County jail.


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One of two teenagers accused by deputies of breaking into a home and killing two pet birds appeared in court today.

Hallie Pate, 17, of Kinston went before a Lenoir County judge this morning.

Pate is facing several charges alongside Jordan Ruiz, 18, of Albertson. They include two counts of felony cruelty to animals, breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtain property by false pretense.

It was back on February 4th that the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says the two broke into a home on Oak Tree Lane.

The owner of the home, Mark Price, told WITN that his daughter lived at the home, and that two parakeets were killed and their blood smeared all over the kitchen cabinets.

Deputies say that a truck was also torched and some items stolen from the home.

Pate's next court date was set for May 17th.

Ruiz is not scheduled to appear until February 27th.


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Deputies say two teenagers broke into an Eastern Carolina home last week and killed pets before setting a vehicle on fire.

Lenoir County deputies have charged Hallie Pate, 17, of Kinston, and Jordan Ruiz, 18, of Albertson with a dozen crimes. Those include two counts of felony cruelty to animals, breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtain property by false pretense.

Deputies say the home was broken into on Super Bowl Sunday and the two teens were arrested on Thursday. They used witness interviews and located the stolen property where it had been sold. That led to the two being identified, according to deputies.

A crime report says in addition torching the vehicle, an Xbox One gaming system and medical inhalers were also taken.

Mack Price, who owns the home where his daughter lives, told WITN that the teens killed his daughter's two parakeets, and smeared blood all over the kitchen cabinets. He says lighter fluid was also poured throughout the house.

He said his daughter was at a Super Bowl party when the break-in happened.

Pate is jailed in Lenoir County on a $50,000 secured bond, while Ruiz was arrested in Duplin County and also is being kept on a $50,000 bond.