Friends and neighbors are speaking out in Carteret County, on behalf of a victim whose boyfriend allegedly tried to drown her on Sunday night.
27 year old Virginia resident James McElroy is in jail under a 250-thousand dollar bond after trying to drown his girlfriend by stuffing a washcloth down her throat in the bathtub and forcing her underwater.
Detectives say when the victim got herself free, McElroy dragged the victim by her leg, through a yard.
Authorities say it happened at the Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park. Friends and neighbors were shocked something like this happened in such a quiet community
Friends of the victim says she is recovering at home after suffering a broken arm and several bumps, bruises and cuts. McElroy remains in the Carteret County Jail. Friends say she has a 4 month old child with the suspect.
A Virginia man is accused of trying to drown his girlfriend in Carteret County over the Labor Day weekend.
Deputies say James McElroy of Midlothian, Virginia allegedly shoved a washcloth in the woman's mouth while she was taking a bath at her family's summer residence in Broad Creek. The 33 -year-old woman told authorities that McElroy shoved her face in the water and held her head under several times.
The woman was able to escape with just a towel, but after a brief chase deputies say McElroy caught up to her, ripped the towel off and dragged her back toward the house. Neighbors saw what was happening and called 911.
Deputies say the dispute started the night before when the victim was talking to another man at a local night club.
The 27-year-old McElroy is charged with attempted murder, assault inflicting serious injury, assault on a female, and interfering with emergency communications. He's in jail on a $250,000 bond.