NEW INFO: Suspect Charged In Greenville Bus Stabbing

One man was stabbed and another was arrested after a stabbing on a Greenville Area Transit bus on the campus of Pitt Community College.

It happened around 9:00 a.m. at the GREAT bus stop on campus.

Witnesses tell us that a fight broke out between two people. Nelson Williams was stabbed in the back, with possibly a kitchen knife. Williams was taken off the bus by rescue personnel with the knife still in his back.

PCC police say Jonathan Strickland of Greenville was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. His bond was set at $10,000.

Strickland was handcuffed by police and sitting on a sidewalk just in front of the bus. He was also transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital for cuts he received in the fight.

PCC Police Chief Alan Edwards says the two men got on the bus at different stops in Greenville. Edwards says while on the bus they began arguing over a previous dispute.

Authorities say the stabbing victim never lost consciousness. The 47-year-old Williams was last listed in stable condition at PCMH.

PCC police say they did not issue an alert through the college’s Cruiser Alert system because the situation was contained and the suspect was apprehended within minutes of the incident taking place, Edwards said.

Police say alerts are issued during ongoing situations in which students and employees must secure their immediate safety.


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  • by Gino Location: Omaha on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    this is why i left NC, too much crime . How much more violence has to occur before the citizens of Pitt county actually do something ?
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Dec 16, 2009 at 07:02 AM
    LOL, I have no problem with tasers. Even the cell phone alert system would be great. We have those at ECU. All I'm saying is, they need a better system than what they have. I used to work at Pitt, I have family and friends that work there still, so naturally I have a genuine concern for everyone there.
  • by Matt Ress Location: NC on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    Sad, just sad...and, I am sorry to say, this is not the communities problem...it is his parent's problem. Period. A certain community can sure make babies...but sure can't control them...sad...just sad...
  • by Bulldog Location: bulldog country on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:19 AM
    Pirate lady- If the employees (aka your mama) and students are so concerned with the safety on campus they need to contact Campus Police 493-7777
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    TYPICAL!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    Scary to think your child could be riding the bus with CRAZY WEIRDOS like that man.
  • by To The Pirate Lady Location: No Grimesland on Dec 15, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    You may want to reconsider the whole emergency phones and panic buttons thing. Cell phones are easier to use and most people have them on their person. Panic buttons get abused and the officers end up responding to false calls on a routine basis. Plus it would hard to use anything the college could provide from a City owned bus. You want better safety, let the employees carry tasers.
  • by to Rich on Dec 15, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Some of these people are not middle class. They are just ignorant people complaining. And they wouldn't help a troubled youth especially if they are black, because in all honesty they would rather see them in jail instead on the street(even with a good job). Look at all the harsh words about our President. they think he supposed to turned all of this mess around in a few months. Alot church going folks on this site black and white and all they do is judge, but when it comes down to helping no one seems to care.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Dec 15, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    So why was my comment not posted? All I said was that Dr Massey needs to get some panic buttons and emergency phones on campus, which he does. The employees and students need better safety measures than what they currently have.
  • by Gumby Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    Has anyone thought about when cops solve crime, there is no compensation to the state whatsoever. On the other hand if law enforcement is out setting speed traps, and giving out tickets, then I'm sure that makes their budget look better. I know that sounds bad but is it really not the way it might be. Think about it.
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