Police Name Wrong Man In Kidnapping Case

Greenville police say they named the wrong man who was arrested for his part in a fake kidnapping to cover up a drug deal.

Police now say it was Jimmie Earl Speight who was arrested for communicating threats in the case, not James Lavelle Speight as was originally reported.

The other Speight is in jail on other unrelated charges. Police say they have apologized to the man for the mix-up.

In the original case, police say Ralph McCoy of Tarboro reported he was kidnapped, forced to take money from the ATM, then buy crack and smoke it. McCoy is now charged with lying to police.


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A man who reported he was kidnapped, forced to take money from the ATM, then buy crack and smoke it, is now charged with lying to police.

Investigators say 57-year-old Ralph McCoy of Tarboro lied to cover up a drug deal.

McCoy called Greenville Police and said he was kidnapped February 3rd by two men and forced to drive to an ATM. He said he was robbed of $1,200, forced to buy crack and smoke it, and his car was stolen.

Investigators found McCoy's car on Myrtle Avenue with 27-year-old James Speight of Greenville inside.

Police believe McCoy traded the use of his car for drugs.

McCoy is charged with filing a false report. Speight was arrested on communicating threats warrants and is being held without bond.


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  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM
    Good Job! I mean, wait, what?? No wonder criminals get away on foot daily.
  • by Laughing2hard Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2012 at 09:18 AM
    Can we spell dumb with a bold capital D on this one!
  • by Because Location: Washington on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:09 AM
    If the communication of threats warrants is domestic related then that is why he is being held without bond if its not then he must have made the magistrate really mad.
  • by Jr. on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:58 AM
    Smokey and the Bandit
  • by DIXIECHICK Location: ENC on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:25 AM
    How dumb can you be?
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:35 AM
    How can they hold this guy without bond for communicating threats?The other guy lied to the police, commited fraud, and made some kind of deal with this fellow and they do not say he is being held without bond.There is something wrong with the way business is done in ENC.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:14 AM in reply to c-had
      Yeah Racism
  • by Observation on Feb 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM
    Just wondering... since both guys have been arrested as part of this story about covering up a "drug deal", why are NEITHER charged with any type of drug charges?
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      by Well... on Feb 8, 2012 at 01:37 AM in reply to Observation
      I guess that they smoked all the crack and no drugs were found! Can't charge someone with drugs if they don't have any.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:13 AM in reply to Observation
      Well the black guy should not be charged at all How is sitting in a car a crime and why is he under no bond for communicating threats. The white is guy is only charge with doing a false report and should be charge with a drug charge. The proves racism in ENC.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:03 PM
    I think this is what's considered an ignoramus.
  • by SoManyMike on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:50 PM
    Lol, "forced to buy crack and smoke it."
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