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NEW INFO: Airman Held On $200,000 Bond After Attack On ECU Student


The suspect in a pocketknife attack on an ECU student in Greenville made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning.

Jacob Hollingsworth, 23, was released from Vidant Medical Center Monday and booked into the jail on one charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. A judge set his bond at $200,000 during the first appearance Tuesday.

Hollingsworth is an Airman 1st Class and an avionics system apprentice with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, according to a base spokesperson. He entered the Air Force in June 2012. Hollingsworth is originally from South Carolina.

Police say Hollingsworth attacked 21-year-old Rachel Cooper as she was walking home from downtown Greenville on Fourth St. early Sunday morning. She suffered multiple cuts and called for help. People nearby came to her aid and injured Hollingsworth to the extent that he was listed in critical condition. His condition improved to fair Monday afternoon, and he was later released from the hospital into the custody of law enforcement.

Hollingsworth is due in court again October 10.



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Hospital officials said the military man accused of attacking an East Carolina University student is now in fair condition.

Police say 23-year-old Jacob Hollingsworth, who is stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, attacked 21-year-old Rachel Cooper around 2:20 Sunday morning on East 4th Street as she was walking home from the downtown area.

Police said Cooper was cut multiple times with a pocket knife and cried out for help.

Investigators said a handful of people responded to the woman's cry for help, getting the knife out of the airman's hand and knocking him out.

Officials say that Cooper suffered serious cuts to her upper body. She was treated and released from Vidant Medical Center.

Hollingsworth had been listed in critical condition at the hospital, and police said once he is released he will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Police said at this point, they have no information to indicate the victim and accused attacker knew each other before the assault.


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Police say that several people came to the aid of an ECU student who was being attacked by a man with a knife.

Greenville Police say that it happened around 2:20 Sunday morning at 411 E. 4th Street. Officials say that 21-year-old Rachel Cooper was walking home from downtown when she was attacked with a pocket knife by 23-year-old Jacob Hollingsworth of Westminster, South Carolina.

Police say when Cooper yelled for help, several people came to her aid. Hollingsworth was disarmed and knocked out during the struggle, according to investigators.

Officials say that Cooper suffered serious cuts to her upper body. She was treated and released from Vidant Medical Center.

Hollingsworth was taken to Vidant.

Hollingsworth, who is said by police to be an active duty U.S. Air Force member out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

Police say there is no information indicating the two knew each other.

Hollingsworth will be served with arrest warrants when he is released from Vidant.


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