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Deputies: Camp Lejeune Marine threatens estranged wife, fellow Marine

By WCTI Staff
Published On: May 16 2013 04:58:24 AM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 05:24:40 PM CDT
CAMP LEJEUNE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

A Camp Lejeune Marine, who investigators called armed, dangerous and homicidal, was arrested after he allegedly threatened his estranged wife and a fellow Marine.

LCpl. Kenneth Austin, 23, made threats of bodily harm to the the victims at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Sgt. Joel Besino of Camp Lejeune. Both police and deputies in Onslow County were looking for the suspect.

A few hours later, Austin crashed his Ford Focus into a ditch near Seymore Black Road, off Highway 117 just north of Warsaw, said Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace.

Deputies arrested Austin at about 7:30 a.m. as he was walking on train tracks, Sheriff Wallace said. Austin was charged with reckless driving and failure to report an accident for the Duplin County wreck.

But at last check, Austin had not been charged for the alleged threat. According to Sheriff Wallace, the suspect was being transferred back to the Marine Corps to be taken into custody. A Camp Lejeune official said the Marine Corps is working with the Naval Criminal Investigation Service on this case.

Although Austin was considered armed, dangerous and homicidal, he wasn't believed to be an immediate danger to the public, investigators said.

Austin, originally from Mercer, Pa., is a rifleman at Camp Lejeune, according to base officials. He had been deployed three times.