Man Charged With Kidnapping Sheriff Employee

Deputies say a man has been arrested for allegedly following home a Pitt County Sheriff's Office employee.

Deputies say an employee in the communication office was driving home after getting off work at 6:00 a.m. That's when the woman noticed a motorcycle following her home and driving erratically down Charles Boulevard.

The employee didn't go home, and instead pulled into Signature Drive and that's when lawmen say she was blocked in and called police.

Matthew Morace has been charged with second-degree kidnapping and reckless and careless driving.

Deputies say claims that he was following the woman because her car was smoking. But the employee says her car wasn't smoking.

He was placed in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.

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  • by Innocent until proven gulity on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    This sounds like a conspiracy if I ever read one. There is always three sides to the story. His side, her side and the looks to me like his side and the truth are missing...sad to say it but something does not add up here.
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    First I have to ask, how is there a charge for reckless driving when he was parked? Second, if the woman was so scared, why would anyone stop or pull over anywhere? Third, really a motorcycle blocking you in as a kidnapping charge..get real..keep driving or go around the bike. Fourth, there has to be more to the story not being told...I've followed someone to let them know that they had tow chains dragging or a tail light out, I say what I have to and go about my way...why would anyone hang around after? Suspicious on all parts to me.
  • by what on May 20, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    why would she check her mail, at 6 AM? Yes, this was in the morning at 6 AM
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      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 01:23 PM in reply to what
      That's a very good question. Go to and read it for yourself. Just going on what the story states.
  • by confusing on May 20, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    the story on channel 12 website does not match up with this one. that story states that the woman was at her home and was getting her mail when she saw his motorcyle behind her car. this story says that she did not go to her home. hmmmm.....
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      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 09:47 AM in reply to confusing
      She was leaving work and he continued to follow her all the way to where she lived. She DID NOT go to her house bc she didn't want him to know where she lived. Sounds pretty smart to me.
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        by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to
        yes that would have been smart, but how did she see the motorcycle behind her car when she was checking her mail if she didn't go home.
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          by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 11:51 AM in reply to
          The mailbox is inbetween 4 huge places. He wouldn't know which house is hers.
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          by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM in reply to
          And what part of "followed her home from work" don't you understand?
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          by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 01:28 PM in reply to
          what?? i'm not saying he didn't follow her home. I'm just saying the two stories are saying two different things. one is saying that she didn't go home and the other is saying that she got out to get her mail when the motorcycle was parked behind her.
  • by I DONE TOLD EM on May 20, 2011 at 06:01 AM
    Most of the time its not the arresting agency that charges someone, its the magistrate. Facts of the incident are presented to a judicial official(magistrate)and he/she decides whether or not the person is charged not the cop.
  • by Data Man on May 20, 2011 at 03:27 AM
    THis is a perfect case of how america responds to white person in trouble!
  • by your friend from washington Location: wilson on May 19, 2011 at 09:50 PM
    I seen him the night before this.. he was acting stupid and he was acting like he was tripping on bath salt. he harrased everyone in washington until we had to call the cops. Im glad he got arrested, the charges he has on him now is nothing compared to what he could of got in washington. he said his name was wilson he was from wilson and looking for wilson street he is obviosly an idiot! Good job Pit county sheirffs office
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      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to your friend from washington
      Why is there no LIKE button on WITN. The guy is nuts.
  • by for real Location: g-vegas on May 19, 2011 at 08:40 PM
    6 AM? Was he out just riding his bike or what, on his way to work? Early for something like this.
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      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 09:40 AM in reply to for real
      He had just been kicked out of the detention center by an officer. He had also been kicked out of downtown earlier that night.
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        by what on May 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM in reply to
        He had been kicked out of the Detention Center? For what? Why was he there?
  • by Wow, really? Location: NC on May 19, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    Signature Drive is NOT a dead end is he going to "stop her from leaving" or "block her in" with a motorcycle?! he cannot block her from BOTH directions. If you are honestly that worried someone is following about you drive back to the SHERRIFFS OFFICE you came from....OR keep driving down the road and call the cops (while driving-preferably towards the police station)...tell them where you are located on the road...they WILL come to you. Call 911!! Who stops anywhere when they think someone is "following" them?! Really.
  • by Jacobi Location: Greenville on May 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    I know Matt and no way any of this is true. He is a nice guy! All this is baffling to me!
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      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 09:40 AM in reply to Jacobi
      Well I know HER and I'm pretty darn sure he scared the hell out of her just to be a jerk. Get some new friends.

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