Kinston police seek 15 more suspects in dog fighting operation

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) —  Kinston police have now arrested a total of four men and issued warrants for 15 other people as part of an investigation into a dogfighting fighting operation discovered last Saturday.

The latest two arrests took place Thursday and Friday.

Kevin Walters was arrested on charges of felony dog fighting, obtaining property by false pretense and obstruction of justice Thursday. He was placed in the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.

Kevin Walters

Earnest Sutton Jr. was arrested Friday on a felony dogfighting charge.

Earnest Sutton Jr.

In addition, arrest warrants have been issued for the following suspects, all on charges of felony dogfighting.


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Kinston police have made a second arrest after discovering a dogfighting fighting operation Saturday.

Juan Derico Rufus, 43, of Kinston was arrested at the Kinston Police Department and charged with felony dogfighting. He was placed in the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

Kinston police said the case is still on-going and officers are expected to make additional arrests.


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Officers responded to 430 Sherman Street Saturday in reference to a dogfighting complaint. When they approached the property, a crowd of people ran away into the nearby woods, police said.

The property’s owner, 40-year-old Hal Tyler Jr., faces a felony charge of dogfighting.

Officers found two injured dogs on the property, as well a wooden dog fighting ring.

The injured dogs were taken to a local animal hospital for treatment.

One dog was treated and turned over to the Lenoir County SPCA, while the other dog received treatment for its wounds, including 48 staples to the face and neck area.

Kinston police said both dogs appear to be on pace for a full recovery.

Officers also three other uninjured dogs from the property.

They are being held for safekeeping police said.

Tyler is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

The case is still under investigation.

If anyone has information regarding the identification of anyone else involved in the investigation, they are asked to call the Kinston Police Dept. at 252-939-3160, the TIPS LINE at 252-939-4020, or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.

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