Fourth suspect charged in connection with ECU campus assault

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Police have charged a fourth person in the March assault that carried over onto East Carolina University’s campus.

Detectives have identified 22-year-old Jesse Clay Wilbourn, a student at ECU, as that suspect. He was enrolled at East Carolina University from January 11, 2016, to April 1, 2016.

“We want to thank Greenville Police for their diligence and hard work in identifying the parties responsible for this incident,” said Chancellor Steve Ballard. “We also want to reiterate our outrage at this violence and reinforce the fact that we will not tolerate such acts on our campus. This act of violence does not represent who we are, nor does it represent what ECU stands for.”

Wilbourn turned himself into the Pitt County Magistrate’s Office Friday afternoon. He was charged with one count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury and was put in jail under a $12,500 bond.

Officials said Wilbourn took part in the portion of the assault that occurred.

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Questions continue to swirl around an incident on March 17 that led to a man being assaulted twice, and an ECU police officer on investigative lead.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said given the circumstances, race couldn’t be ruled out. Patrick Myrick, the victim who was black, was assaulted twice by four white suspects, and then handcuffed by a white male ECU police officer.

Not many details were given about the officer, other than he had been with the division for a number of years.

“We are appalled by the brutality of the incident. We will have zero tolerance for allowing these kind of things on our campus,” Ballard said during a press conference Thursday.

After the news broke, ECU students reacted.

“It makes me a littler more weary, like stay out of trouble, don’t be by yourself. They should be there to help you but things could always go wrong,” said ECU Freshman Barbara Garfinkle.

Other students said they aren’t that surprised that this could come down to race, given what has happened around the country with police officers lately. However others, like Nick Fullenwider, said he wants to hold off on judgment until the investigation is complete.

Fullenwider said he just hoped the university would be transparent.

“As long as we get more of that, I think that would go a long way to helping the situation all over the country,” he said.

ECU Police said they hope to interview the officer on leave in the next few days.

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A press conference was held at East Carolina University, following the arrest of three people in the Greenville/ECU campus assaults.

Chancellor Steve Ballard said it doesn’t reflect any of ECU’s values.

“It’s not who we are as a people. It does not reflect any of our values. We’re going to do everything we can to continue to build a positive learning climate here.”

Theresa Lee has since been dismissed from the school. Police say they’re still looking for this man in connection to the crimes.

The ECU officer on leave is being investigated for his response after he allegedly handcuffed the victim. Race has not been ruled out. Chancellor Ballard says the entire situation is troubling.

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Police arrested three people for an assault in downtown Greenville, which carried over to the East Carolina University campus. A fourth suspect is still wanted.

Officers said in a news release Thursday afternoon that it happened March 17th, when East Carolina University police officers responded to an assault on the west end of campus. About that same time officers with the Greenville Police force responded to the report of an assault outside Club 519.  Officers quickly connected the two assaults.

Investigators said a verbal altercation outside Club 519 escalated into a physical confrontation, resulting in 26-year-old Patrick Myrick of Greenville striking a female in the face and knocking her to the ground. Several of her friends then confronted Myrick and assaulted him outside of a nearby Jimmy Johns restaurant. Myrick fled the scene, running toward the ECU West End Dining Hall. His attacker followed Myrick onto campus, assaulting him a second time.  Myrick was taken to Vidant Medical Center for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Because the initial assault happened in downtown Greenville, the Greenville Police Department took over the investigation.

Three people were arrested and charged in connection with the two assaults on Myrick. They are:

  • Theresa Marie Lee, 25, of Greenville
  • Mack Humbles, 26, of Greenville
  • Mark Privette, 33, of Greenville
Mack Humbles
Theresa Marie Lee
Mark Privette

All three face two felony counts of Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. They were booked into the Pitt County Detention Center just before noon Thursday, each receiving $25,000 secured bonds.

Downtown Assault Suspect

GPD detectives are still hoping to identify a fourth individual involved in the assaults against Myrick.

As for the assault on a female outside Club 519, the charge is a misdemeanor offense in the State of North Carolina.  By law, an officer cannot obtain warrants for a misdemeanor that occurs outside of the officer’s presence.  The female victim who was assaulted by Myrick has advised the Greenville Police Department she will be seeking charges against him.

Anyone with information about the wanted suspect is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department (252) 329-4150 or Pitt-Greenville Crime Stoppers (252) 758-7777. You can remain anonymous.

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