Friday, May 20, 2011

Felon arrested in stabbing

By Gina Childress, The Wilson Times

Wilson Police arrested a convicted felon and charged him in connection with a stabbing early Thursday morning.

Jimmy Ruffin, 44, of 518 Manchester St., was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was placed in the Wilson County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. As of Thursday afternoon, he was still in custody.

Police were called to 520 Manchester St., at 4:10 a.m. Thursday morning to investigate the stabbing. When they arrived they found James Edward Taylor, 31, of that address suffering from several stab wounds to the back and abdominal area, said Sgt. John Slaughter, police spokesman.

Taylor was transported to Wilson Medical Center and then airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. At last report from police, he was listed in stable condition.

“Witnesses stated both Jimmy Ruffin and James Taylor were arguing when Jimmy Ruffin got a knife and stabbed James Taylor,” Slaughter said.

Ruffin fled the scene and was arrested several hours later.

This isn’t the first time Ruffin has been involved in a stabbing. In 2003, he was arrested in connection with the stabbing of Davis Earl Burch in the 700 block of Black Creek Road. At the time of his arrest in 2003, Ruffin was served with two outstanding warrants — one for allegedly cutting Burch the year before.

In 2004, Ruffin was convicted in connection with the Burch case of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and served almost two and a half years in prison.

That wasn’t the first prison stint for Ruffin. In 2004, he served about five months in prison for misdemeanor assault on a female.

In 1984, he was sentenced to probation for felony common law robbery.

He has a 2010 pending DWI charge in Wilson that is scheduled to be heard on June 27.

There was no indication as to when Ruffin would be making his first court appearance on the current charges.

Earlier this year, Ruffin was charged with four counts of allowing animals to run at large, four counts of cruelty to animals, six counts of rabies vaccination violations, two counts of improper tethering and one count of resisting a public officer.

Ruffin was arrested on these charges after Sharon Denise Braswell was allegedly attacked by two of Ruffin’s pit bulls on Pender Street in February. The records with the Administrative Office of the Courts did not indicate whether those charges have been adjudicated.

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