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DA: Machete attacker intended to murder bail bondsman

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jan 11 2014 09:54:10 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 03:29:00 PM CST

Warrants have been issued for a man accused of using a machete to injure his bail bondsman in Pamlico County.

PAMLICO COUNTY -

A man accused of using a machete to attack a bail bondsman in Pamlico County has now been charged with attempted murder.

On Jan. 28, Samuel Tyler Potter, 23, was indicted for attempted murder on top of half a dozen other charges, said District Attorney Scott Thomas.

Potter is accused of trying to murder bail bondsman Reginal Beasley some time between late Jan. 10 and early Jan. 11.

According to investigators, Beasley was bonding out Potter from the Pamlico County Jail after Potter was arrested for an alleged hit-and-run. Beasley took Potter to a barn or shed behind a home, where Potter had promised Beasley there would be money to pay back the bond. But Potter then attacked Beasley with a machete, deputies said.

Beasley suffered severe cuts to his left hand and arm, but has since been released from the hospital.

Several days after the attack, Beasley told NewsChannel 12 he wanted Potter's charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill to be upgraded to attempted murder.

Thomas said the new charge of attempted murder means that Potter likely planned the attack on Beasley.

Potter also faces charges of obtaining property by false pretense, larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm ,and felony breaking and entering.

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A man accused of using a machete to injure his bail bondsman in Pamlico County is out of the hospital and back behind bars.

An official at the Pamlico County Jail said Wednesday that 23-year-old Samuel Tyler Potter has been transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and first-degree kidnapping.

Potter is accused of using a machete to attack his bail bondsman, Reginal Beasley, just after midnight Saturday.

According to investigators, Beasley was bonding out Potter from the Pamlico County Jail after Potter was arrested for an alleged hit-and-run. But when the pair went to the home of Potter's grandparents on Scott Store Road to get bond money, Potter attacked Beasley with a machete, deputies said.

Beasley suffered severe cuts to his left hand and arm, but has since been released from the hospital.

Investigators said Potter also cut his own throat, and was being treated at Vidant Medical Center before being transferred to the Central Prison in Raleigh.

PREVIOUS STORY:

Warrants have been issued for a man accused of using a machete to injure his bail bondsman in Pamlico County.

According to the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Samuel Tyler Potter will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and first-degree kidnapping.

Potter was initially charged with hit-and-run for allegedly crashing into a mail carrier's vehicle in Reelsboro on Jan. 8.

Deputies said Reginal Beasley was bonding out Potter from the Pamlico County Jail late Friday night. The pair went to the home of Potter's grandparents on Scott Store Road. But instead of getting bond money, the suspect used a machete to attack Beasley just after midnight Saturday, said investigators.

Beasley told NewsChannel 12 he was assaulted when he bent over to help Potter look for a safe in a dark corner.

"He told me to use my cell phone as a flash light to see what's over there," Beasley said. "As I bent over, he commenced to hit me in the head maybe three times, with what I found out to be a machete."

Beasley said he then fell to the ground and rolled over on his back.

"As I rolled over, Mr. Potter was swinging fiercely at me, trying to stab me and cut me," Beasley said. "I had no other choice but to defend myself and tried to knock the blade away from penetrating in me."

According to Beasley, as he stood up, Potter ran into a nearby house. Beasley suffered severe cuts to his left hand and arm, but was able to leave the scene to call for help, according to deputies.

"This man tried to kill me," Beasley said. "I don't even understand what his motive was. I've asked myself time and time again and I don't know what his motive was."

Investigators said Potter also used a knife to cut his own throat.

Both Potter and Beasley were taken to the hospital. Potter was listed in fair condition at Vidant Medical Center as of Monday afternoon.

Beasley said he would like the district attorney to charge Potter with attempted murder instead of assault with intent to kill.

According to investigators, Potter has several felony stolen firearm charges pending. He is also accused of escaping from a local jail.

In addition, Potter allegedly set his girlfriend's shed on fire near Grantsboro last year. A charge for burning other buildings is pending, deputies said.