FIRST ON WITN: Trooper Assault Suspect Has Prior Record

A man who authorities say assaulted a female state trooper on Thanksgiving Day has previous convictions for assaulting women and an officer.

Department of Correction records show Robert Stocks was last in prison in 2004, spending 8 months behind bars for assault on a female. The 29-year-old Ayden man was also convicted of assault on officer/state employee, assault inflicting serious injury, a second assault on female charge, and six drug charges which date back to 2000.

The Highway Patrol says Stocks got into a fist fight with Trooper Amanda Sings as she was trying to arrest him Thanksgiving afternoon.

He is in jail on $200,500 bond for assault on a law enforcement officer, assault with intent to inflict injuries, resisting arrest and driving while impaired.

The assault happened Thursday afternoon on Joe Stocks Road, that's south of Greenville off Highway 43.

Sgt. Gary Weaver says Trooper Amanda Signs was trying to arrest Stocks when both were injured. He said it was a fist fight and no weapons were used. "We are investigating a hit and run on Joe Stocks Road. The trooper found the suspect vehicle and an altercation occurred between the trooper and the suspect." Weaver told WITN.

The Highway Patrol says Stocks punched the trooper in the face several times. She used her mace to try and stop him, but it took four bystanders who stepped in to help to break up the fight.

Trooper Signs was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with a broken nose and multiple lacerations and bruises on her face. She was treated and released but will have to have to undergo reconstructive surgery.


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  • by No_1` Location: NC on Apr 13, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    All you Greenville idiots who don't know how to spell or know the dynamics of political correctness about women and men in law enforcement just shut up. You're stupid. Get out of Greenville, sell your kids and give your spouses away to those who can't buy any. This is coming FROM a WOMAN. DON'T BE STUPID. Women can't force men to do anything. This guy needed at least 4 men to take him down. Don't think he hasn't been in similar situations. Trust ME.
  • by wow wow wow Location: Greenville,NC on Dec 5, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    I went to highschool with this guy and we were friends at one time. But I cut off the friendship because he was very manipulative. He has many issues. It is sad that he never got his act together. I pray for his family who always seemed like good people and the officer whom was hurt. I hate that this happened but knowing him even years ago I am not shocked he really was evil back then. I hate to even say that about him because he was a child then. But it is true said as it is.
  • by trooper fan Location: Greenville on Dec 1, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    Way to go Amanda, you did a great job and no man or women could have handled to situation any better. In your job you will take bumps and bruises, but you continued to get back up until you placed the suspect in custody. Great Job!!!! For all of you that continue to write negative comments on here "Twist EM" .
  • by Howard Location: Duck on Nov 30, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    I get withered when I hear the complaints of someone who does something just so they can complain about it. Plus my response was kind of humerous, I got a kick out of it.
  • by dayquon Location: pylmouth on Nov 30, 2009 at 03:57 PM
    i rede good news on wtin site say tropper amana is releese from hospidal an will be all rite i so glad she a hero in myeye a real insperashun i like to be police some day like amana i hope she get better rite away she a wondarful women
  • by Beesknees Location: ENC on Nov 30, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    Howard, you are an angry person. We all miss significant events in our lives, agree to that. I am not whining, just stating facts.
  • by Chuck on Nov 30, 2009 at 04:52 AM
    I have been looking for the names of the folks that helped the Trooper. Anyone know if they will get a medal? How many times does it take for a Trooper to get hurt before the policy makers figure out, the Troopers are not superhuman. Every agency around has backup close, but Troopers must count on "other" law enforcement agencies because they are spread too thin....Shame on most of these threads. When did it become a joke to see someone beat down, man or woman?
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Nov 30, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    Women have equal rights as men so let them be shot at on the front lines of a war and let them be beat up if that is something that comes with the equal pay job.
  • by Howard Location: Duck on Nov 29, 2009 at 11:19 PM
    Oh whoa is me, oh whoa is me said the beesknees or beesneeze, whatever. She is the only one who has missed a child's birthday, Christmas and so many other events.....NOT!!!! Many people have missed these things, many miss them now and many more will miss them in the future. I missed them when in the military, missed them when I ran my own business, missed them when manageing restaurants and didn't cry whoa is me, whoa is me. Grow up. If you don't want to do it, get a nine to five and close the hole. Don't do and tell us about it. Your whining adulation will win you no "attaboys"! Do your job without trying to draw our attention to how devoted you are to our safety, well-being, etc or get a job that doesn't deprive you of the things you feel you are missing. You reminded me of why I served in the military, Beesnot. I did it so you could use your freedom of speech to whine all of the time, but I have had it for now so clam up. Semper Flunk!
  • by Beesknees Location: ENC on Nov 29, 2009 at 09:50 PM
    To Elbert: Thank you so much for reminding me of why I do, what I do. It is for the good, decent people like you, that I have missed my boys birthdays, Christmas' and so many other events. I believe in the good in people and will continue to do so, until the day the Good Lord calls me home. Thank you so much for your perspective! That is one thing that makes America great...we can agree to disagree and then, agree in harmony. Semper Fi, Beesknees USMC 1980-1990
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