DEPUTIES: Tenant Attacks Landlord With Sword

Deputies say a landlord was stabbed with a sword after he went to collect rent from his tenant.

Andrew Willis is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury after his arrest Wednesday.

Carteret County deputies say Claude Steffen got into an argument with Willis when he tried to collect the rent on Chatham Street in Newport. They say Willis retreated inside the home and then came out with the sword, allegedly slashing his landlord across the stomach.

Steffen is listed in good condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Willis was caught by Morehead City police about 30 minutes after the stabbing. The 29-year-old man's bond was set at $30,000.


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  • by Andrew Location: Home on Nov 18, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    Ok, first off, I was there it did not happen the way the news tells it. You should not believe everything you see and read in the news since 99% of the time only one side is heard and even then the whole story is not what it seems, make sure you have all the facts before you start a witch hunt.
  • by NikkiLee on Aug 11, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    Andrew is from here. Never would I have thought that he would be violent but the sword seems his style. And to the comment about carols fetus, it's no longer a fetus and is a healthy baby so comments on that front can be left out.
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      by LOL on Aug 17, 2011 at 07:30 PM in reply to NikkiLee
      Just because the fetus appears healthy doesnt mean later on it wont have problems. She is selfish, self-centered, and could have cared less about the damages to the unborn children. But hey, what do we citizens know? Why should any of us care what the hell damamge she has done to the kids, unborn children, the family, or people she damages through her life? she obviously doesnt. And by the way, I do believe that anyone can make any comment we want, those are our tax paying dollars caring for the children that she harms. But then again, why should we have a say so?
  • by 1600s Gangs & Thugs on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    Just think...400 years ago, swords, knives and bow & arrows were used all the time. Just like guns are today. Do we need "Sword Laws"? lol
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      by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 at 06:55 PM in reply to 1600s Gangs & Thugs
      1600s reply - It hath becometh relevant to regulate these foul sooundrels. 21st century reply - It sho' be lookin like dat !!!
  • by Carol Ann Location: Havelock NC on Aug 5, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    GO Andrew! Forget Claude he's nothing but a two bit drug dealer who thinks he owns the world and everyone in it! Claude you can shove it!
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      by Sarah on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:16 AM in reply to Carol Ann
      Kinda like you...
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        by LMAO on Aug 6, 2011 at 01:07 PM in reply to Sarah
        HAHAHAHA. That's just too funny, and I couldn't agree more. Sarah, thank you for saying what was on others minds.
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          by LOL on Aug 7, 2011 at 08:04 PM in reply to LMAO
          I beg to differ, she wouldn't sell drugs, not Carol. She's an addict on a quest to rid the world of drugs. Thank you Carol, for cleaning up our streets with no remorse of the damage you've surely done to your growing fetus' and internal organs.
  • by Jackson on Aug 4, 2011 at 10:54 PM
    Looks like Screech from "Saved by the Bell."
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      by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 11:18 PM in reply to Jackson
      lol... and if he keeps playing with swords and injures himself in the wrong place he might talk like him
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      by jerry on Aug 5, 2011 at 06:44 AM in reply to Jackson
      Lol! I knew I`d seen that face somewhere.
  • by He Had Money on Aug 4, 2011 at 09:29 PM
    He could afford a sword, but couldn't pay the rent? (can you spare a square?)
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    Run through the thieving slumlords say I! To the ramparts men! Today is a day you will tell your grandchildren about!
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      by Tell Them? on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:32 AM in reply to
      Tell them about the day you went to jail for not paying your debts.
  • by RJA Location: newport on Aug 4, 2011 at 05:23 PM
    claude steffen is a loud mouth and does talk about money a lot, but it's because almost nobody ever pays him back and he's tired of his generosity being taken advantage of. what happened to him is not funny and even if he started the argument about agreements that were not being met by the tenant, him being stabbed was not deserved.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 06:59 PM in reply to RJA
      Rebecca, you are such a sweet person. I hope you never see the rage that Andrew and many others of us have seen caused by this man's manipulation of good hearts. Claude is blessed to have you as a tenant bottom line!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    Y'all are cracking me up, I swear. I shouldn't be laughing, but I can't help myself, lol.
  • by David Location: Greenville on Aug 4, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    By the powers of Grayskull!!!!!!
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