Man Strikes Several People In Onslow County With A Hammer

A caller told Onslow County Sheriff's Deputies a large number of people were fighting and someone was hit in the head with a hammer.

It happened on Riggs Road in Hubert around 8 p.m.

When police arrived they found 23 year-old Ronnie Guthrie Jr tied up on the ground and completely restrained by others.

EMS responded to the scene and had to treat several people for serious injuries that were consistent with being struck with both ends of a hammer.

Guthrie is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

His bond was set at 20,000 dollars and his first court appearance will be Monday morning.

An investigation is ongoing.

No updates on the condition of the victims are available at this time.

Here is the release from the Sheriff's Office:

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office was called to respond to the Jumping Run Mud Bog on Riggs Road in Hubert Saturday night. The call for service came at around 8:00pm. The person who called the incident in to the dispatchers said that a large number of people were fighting and that someone had been hit in the head with a hammer.
Numerous deputies responded to the call and found the suspect tied up on the ground and completely restrained by others involved.
EMS responded to the scene and had to treat several people for serious injuries that were consistent with being struck with both ends of a hammer.
Detectives arrived on scene to interview witnesses and to collect evidence. The Sheriff's Office was able to collect multiple weapons at the scene that were consistent with the wounds that were found on the victims.
Detectives are continuing to interview witnesses, victims, and possible suspects. The investigation will continue into this week.
So far, detectives have arrested one person in connection with the assaults at the business.
Ronnie Guthrie Jr.
152 Loy Avenue
Jacksonville, NC
White/Male
23 years old
Charged with:
2 counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury
Bond is $20,000
His first court appearance will be Monday morning in District Court.
No updates on the condition of the victims are available at this time.


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  • by wildone Location: nc on Apr 20, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    i wonder if he had a back up hammer since they found more than one and where did he get the holsters for back ups?
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 20, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    Say hello to my little hammer!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    It sounds like this guy is insame and has temper problems or was super drunk. I thought that a construction site would have been the first spot Ii have heard of having it.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    Well where do we draw the line between a good hammer and a bad one? I get the short-handle argument, but what about semi-automatic hammers? And black powder hammers? I mean, a hammer is still a hammer, and in the hands of the wrong person your nails can get bent sideways, thumbs can get broken, and melons can get splatted. "Oh but I need this hammer, for self defense against other hammerers with bad intentions!" That's why I carry a Sledge myself...won't have any nonsense short-handle buffoons walloping me. To steal a line similar to Crocodile Dundee..."you call that a hammer? THIS is a hammer!" I mean it, I'll get hydraulic on somebody.
  • by C on Apr 20, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    To Noneya, Z, Kelly, Paul and Voter: Thanks to you all for the kind words; always a pleasure to get kudos from my fellow posters. For what it's worth, when I typed it, no one else's comments were up here yet, so I was'nt aware that Farley Wamper had a similar posting. Anyhow..Cheers!
  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 20, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    gentlemen;; outstanding comments, well done. sarcasim at its finest.
  • by paul Location: kinston on Apr 20, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    it was kind of funny when C said it.bill copied and then added more words.yawn.if this moron that hit people with a hammer, what do you think he would have done with something more deadly?your joke is the point of the argument for gun control!well done
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    You can have my hammer when you pry it from my cold dead hand!
  • by Me Location: NC on Apr 20, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    I hear that 90% of illegal hammers in Mexico come from the US as well.
  • by Bill Brown Location: Windsor on Apr 20, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    It's time to do something. The current situation is just insane ... and all of this "right to keep and bear hammers" rhetoric in the face of wanton hammer violence that escalates daily certainly isn't helping. Where's it all going to end? Clearly, we need to severely restrict the possession and use of hammers in the Tarheel State. It's time to register all hammers, and license hammer users. Short-handled cheap hammers should be outlawed. Obviously, nail-guns have to go. And we've got to get rid of these assault hammers!I mean, who really needs all these framing hammers ... these ball-peens, dead-blows and sledges, anyway? These special-use hammers weren't what our founding fathers had in mind when they penned the constitution. They have no legitimate use in sport-hammering. Who needs them? I can do everything I need to do with my 16 oz. claw-hammer. Taking these other hammers off the streets won't bother me any. Getting rid of them won't affect my personal hammering at all.
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