University Police Arrest Three In Clement Hall Case

Three people have been arrested in a theft of a laptop computer from Clement Hall on ECU's campus.

The theft happened March 28 with the female student telling ECU police that she was also sexually assaulted. The three are not charged with that crime.

Police say a security camera caught Matthew Fothergill of Pollocksville, David Harvell of Havelock and Warren Ford, Jr. of Havelock entering the dorm. They're charged with felony conspiracy and felony larceny.

Havelock police arrested Harvell and Ford, while Jones County deputies arrested Fothergill.

University police say additional charges could be filed against the trio.


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University police have released surveillance photos of three suspects in last month's reported sexual assault on campus.

ECU police say they have exhausted all leads in trying to identify the three men and now are seeking the public's help.

See surveillance photos below in the gallery

A woman student told police that on March 28th she was sexually assaulted and items stolen from her dorm room in the early morning hours of March 28th at Clement Hall.

Police say the three men are thought to be in their late teens or early 20s. One is reported to be about 6 feet tall with dark brown hair. He was wearing a white baseball cap at the time.

The second man is taller than 6 feet, slender, and has short blond hair. The third is shorter than the other two, and has a more stocky build.

The university says the suspects left the campus in a late 1980s or early 1990s dark green Chevrolet Camaro. The vehicle had tinted rear windows and a red interior. The may have been repainted or the interior had been replaced, according to ECU police.

Those with information on the case or the suspects are asked to call the ECU Police Department Crime Tip Line at 252-737-8477.


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  • by miss v Location: Newbern on Aug 31, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    i would like to say that one out of the three men (Matthew Fothergill) is definitly not a thug what so ever and should not be charged for the others actions furthermore, these men would never take anyone's life so i think you shouldnt pass judgment on these men without know all the facts. this girl was an idiot to walk down the street drunk and taking a ride as well as inviting strangers to a party. although her computer was stolen she was at complete fault and i have no sympathy for her at all.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 4, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    To Chris of Greenville, you are right about that crooked DA Nifong, should have been in prison, which he would be better off going to. I have also heard that he went to law school at UNC, so that does not surprise me that he is as liberal of a DA that there has been. He should have never been in the DA office to begin with. I have a feeling that the girl will probably be persecuted as well, knowing that it happened at ECU, which is in Pitt County.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on May 4, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    Glad these young men were caught. Hope they get what they deserve.
  • by wondering.. Location: G-vegas on May 3, 2009 at 10:16 PM
    Although the guys were totally in the wrong of course if they did assault her,I wonder . Did she report to the hospital for a rape evaluation,etc. Had she been drinking when she invited 3 thugs back to her dorm room , also endangering other residents? How much say do the Resident Advisors get in these situations? Does it seem concerning to them to see 3 guys go to a room of a resident? Perhaps they don't work that late-I have no idea. What happened was awful but completely didn't have to happen-thank God they didn't decide to end her life. After what happened at Chapel Hill, girls have to know better!
  • by DS on May 3, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    It seems that ECU will let anybody in their doors as long as they get their money!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 3, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    The Duke case is entirely different. Sure the female lied, but it became more of a racial war than a rape investigation. A D.A. (Nifong) was trying to make a name for himself by going after some ivy league rich white boys that allegedly attacked a poor black female struggling to make ends meet. They wanted to paint the ultimate picture of hate and pursued charges without any evidence of the crime occuring. The D.A. lost his job and the ability to practise law again over that stunt, I still think he should have went to prison over that. My Original point still stands, Until the facts come out none of us have any reason to believe she lied. If she wanted to just get them in trouble or dig for gold why did she not just claim to be raped? Where did the stolen items claim come from? "till the end" claims that somehow the woman should be charged because she invited the boys in? Since when does inviting someone in your home give an open invitation for rape and theft? stupid, but legal..
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2009 at 09:40 PM
    "Insert race here" what if these guys were black? would the tone still be the same?
  • by to chris Location: greenville on May 2, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    may I remind you of the DUKE case where the female lied
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 2, 2009 at 04:47 AM
    Wanting to charge the female with some form of crime because she reported a crime is pure ignorance. I do not expect that she had any reason to lie about items being stolen or being sexually assaulted. Maybe she was given some drugs of some type? It could really be anything at this point, I am glad they caught these boys and once it goes to court everything will come out!
  • by jack on May 2, 2009 at 04:45 AM
    the following sentence is conjecture by the ECU police and should not be allowed in the media until they are charged **University police say additional charges could be filed against the trio.**
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