Machete Attack Suspect Out Of Hospital, Back In Jail

By: Dan Yesenosky
By: Dan Yesenosky
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A man accused of attacking a bail bondsman with a machete is out of the hospital and back in jail.

Samuel Tyler Potter is being held on a $2,000,000 bond on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

Pamlico County deputies say Potter, who goes by his middle name, attacked Reggie Beasley after the bondsman got him out of jail Friday night.

Deputies say Potter promised the bondsman $12,000 in cash and gold bars. The man was still in ankle shackles when Beasley took him to his grandparents home for the money.

A fight broke out between the two after Potter couldn't come up with the money. Deputies say he attacked Beasley with the machete, stabbing the bondsman in the neck and hand.

After the attack, deputies say Potter managed to saw off the shackles, got a knife and stabbed himself.

The bondsman was able to get to a neighbors home and ask them to call 911. Beasley is recovering from his injuries.

Potter was released from the hospital Wednesday morning and is back behind bars.


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A New Bern says he almost had his hand cut off by a man armed with a machete this weekend.

Warrants have been drawn up charging Samuel Tyler Potter with assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping, among other charges.

Pamlico County deputies say Potter, who goes by his middle name, remains at Vidant Medical Center after they say he stabbed himself.

In the machete attack, deputies say Reggie Beasley bonded out Potter Friday after his arrest for breaking entering and larceny. Deputies say Potter promised the bondsman $12,000 in cash and gold bars.

According to deputies, Potter was still in ankle shackles when Beasley took him to his grandparents home for the money. A fight broke out between the two after Potter couldn't come up with the money. Deputies say he attacked Beasley with the machete, stabbing the bondsman in the neck and hand.

After the attack, deputies say Potter managed to saw off the shackles, got a knife and stabbed himself.

The bondsman was able to get to a neighbors home and ask them to call 911. Beasley is now out of the hospital.

"When you wake up in the morning, and look at the mirror, you realize that this individual tried to take your life," Beasley told WITN. WWith the Lord on my side, and my family on my side, I'm blessed. I'm blessed and that's the only reason I'm here today."

Beasley says he and his father have dealt with Potter in the past, and have never had a problem before.

Potter, who was cited last week by state troopers after they say he struck a mailman's vehicle and kept going, also lost his 8 month old son last month.

Sheriff Billy Sawyer says the Medical Examiner's Office told him the baby died from natural causes, not homicide.


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Two men are recovering from their injuries tonight, after deputies say one of them attacked the other with a weapon, believed to be a machete.

The Pamlico County Sheriff's Office tells us Reggie Beasley, who works at Reginald Beasley Bail Bonds in New Bern, had bailed out 23-year old Samuel Tyler Potter from the Pamlico County Jail on Saturday night.

Deputies say Beasley went to the home of Potter's grandparents to get paid the money owed to him. An altercation took place, and Potter attacked Beasley with a weapon which they believe was a machete, injuring his head and hand.

Potter then took a knife to himself, cutting his throat. Both were taken to the hospital for medical care. No word on their conditions at this time, or any charges against Potter.

More information is expected to be released on Monday.


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