DEPUTIES: Pitt County man threatens, kidnaps children

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A man is facing charges after deputies say he kidnapped three people, including two children.

Pitt County deputies arrested and charged James Smith, 25, of Greenville, with kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

According to arrest warrants obtained by WITN, Smith kidnapped a person at least 16 years old and two children ages 8 and 9.

The warrants say that Smith threatened each victim with a gun and told the 16-year-old "I will blow your head off."

Smith has previously been convicted of robbery.

He appeared in court this morning and was placed under a $458,000 secured bond in the Pitt County Detention Center.

His next court date is scheduled for November 6.