Man Accused Of Trying To Drown Girlfriend, Friends & Neighbors Speak

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.

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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.


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  • by paul Location: richmond on Sep 12, 2009 at 12:10 AM
    Its all a setup. That lady has set out to ruin patricks life from the day they have met. There is absolutely no way he tried to kill her. She is the abusive one in the relationship. There has been numerous accounts of assult that she has commited against him and turned them around to make him look like the aggresor. Im not saying there was not a fight, but the attempted murder is all a lie.
  • by Domestic Violence Victim Location: Greenville, NC on Sep 9, 2009 at 07:54 PM
    Unfortunately, this is probably not the first time this has happened, just not previously to this magnatude. Domestic Violence is all about control and some people (men and women) break their victims down with shame, isolation, monetary slavery, fear and abuse. The abuser almost always had very low self-esteem and abandonment issues. The victim is made to feel this is their fault and will try that much harder to "rescue" the "injured" violator. It is a vicious cycle to end and sometimes, as in this case, dangerous. Domestic Violence Protection Orders are only a piece of paper and more times than not, the victim is constantly looking over their shoulder in anticipation of an attack. It is just better to walk away (Concerned Citizen) if you are the agressor, but these type of people aren't "geared" like most of the population. Also, when a child is involved, this takes the stakes to a whole different level. I should know......still being stalked for over 10 years. So sad for all.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    Mr T you have a good point as I would not have went outside with out my hot lead injector in hand. As anyone who is that mad that he chases her down and up to someones elses doorstep outside in public obviously had problems and there is no telling if he will turn on you or not. Something I dont understand about all these guys that do things to there wives and girlfriends is that they must not like women. If they did they would not want to goto jail and be locked in a cell with another man. There must be something in the water here in NC that just makes men go off on women. There are far too many women on this planet for me to risk going to jail over something so stupid. Better to just walk away.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Sep 9, 2009 at 05:03 PM
    Where is this man's father?
  • by Will Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    Moral of the story is don't be hanging out in clubs thinking you are 18
  • by pat Location: here on Sep 9, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    To Anonymous @9:56pm, Who up here said he was a "good boy"? I am white, and I think they need to take him out back and do him the same way. And yes, he is called a "white thug". A thug is a thug. Or more like a p boy. Real mean don't hit women.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2009 at 09:19 PM
    Anonymous at 9:56, Can't you see sarcasm when it's right in front of you ?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2009 at 06:56 PM
    My point is look how many comments are on here. Than go to a story with a black person and look at how many comments on their story. Then you will see my point. And how is he a good boy. He tried to kill someone period. Doesn't that make him a thug.
  • by Chuck on Sep 8, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    Sue I hate to tell you that you would be dishearted if you saw the freedom and rights that the prisoners have in prison.
  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    I hope this man gets a LONG sentence. Who the heck does he think he is....he is a punk who beats up on women. Karma will get you and maybe you will get yours in jail...
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