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Investigation into Sexual Assault of a Child

October 3, 2018

On August 14, 2018, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office investigated an incident involving the sexual assault of a child.

On August 16, 2018, William Joseph DeLeone, age 48, of Turkey Branch Road in Beulaville, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. DeLeone was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $20,000 secure bond.’

On September 28, 2018, William Joseph DeLeone was arrested and charged with thirty-one counts of Felony Statutory Rape of a Child, thirty-one counts of Statutory Sex Offense with a child by an adult, thirty-one counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child, and one count of Manufacturing Marijuana. DeLeone was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a one million dollar secure bond.  The investigation remains ongoing.


Khat and Currency Located During Vehicle Stop

On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office conducted a vehicle stop on Interstate 40 for a traffic violation. The vehicle was being driven by Mamdooh Qaid from New York and Mohamed Zindani from New York was the passenger.  A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. Located inside the passenger area of the vehicle was a plastic bag containing Khat.  There was also a large sum of US currency found in the passenger area of the vehicle totaling $26,048.00.  A further search of the vehicle was conducted and larger plastic bag containing Khat was located in the trunk of the vehicle.  The total weight of the Kaht was approximately 209 grams.

Mohamed Zindani was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule I, Felony possession of Schedule I, maintaining a place to keep controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.Mohamed Zindani was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $30,000.00 secure bond.

Mamdooh Qaid was charged with no operator’s license and speeding. Mamdooh Qaid was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $2,000.00 secure bond from the magistrate.


                    Mohamed Zindani                                                              Mamdooh Qaid




On Friday, September 07, 2018 the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a residence belonging to Kenneth Monk, aka “Pumpkin”, on Pasture Branch MHP Lane in Rose Hill.  Located at the residence was approximately (35) grams of MDMA, (8) grams of Cocaine, (639) grams of Marijuana, (2) Firearms (one of which was stolen), (5) Oxycodone pills, $617.00 in US money, and a stolen Yamaha four wheeler.

Kenneth Monk was charged with Trafficking in MDMA by Possession, Trafficking in MDMA by Manufacture, PWIMSD Schedule I, PWIMSD Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Manufacture Marijuana, PWIMSD Cocaine, Felony Possession of Cocaine, Manufacture Cocaine, Possession of Firearm by Felon (2 counts), Possession of Stolen Firearm, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Maintaining a Dwelling Place to Keep Controlled Substances, Simple Possession of Schedule II, Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Kenneth Monk was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $1,000,000.00 secured bond.






The morning of October 18, 2017 started out as a normal day for School Resource Officer Philip Jones. Jones, the SRO of North Duplin High started his day from home with his regular routine.  While traveling along US Hwy 403, Officer Jones observed and met a public school bus which was loaded with preschoolers. The bus appeared to be broken down just a few miles from the high school. Jones made contact with the driver who insured him that she and all the students aboard the bus were fine. Before Jones could walk back to his patrol car, he stepped across the roadway out of the path of motorists who were again attempting to go around the stranded bus and were entering into the path of on-coming traffic. As Officer Jones was crossing the roadway, an SUV, operated by an unlicensed male subject topped the hill of the ravine exceeding a safe speed and struck him. Jones went into the air and was thrown approximately 25-30 feet from the initial point of impact. The blow Jones received was such an impact that it busted the buckle of his duty belt completely into, ripped his uniform beyond repair, ruined his gun holster and totally destroyed his cell phone which was holstered on his side. Jones was transported to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and injuries. Jones was then airlifted to a trauma center. After several months, Officer Jones was released to return to work on December 4, 2017. Officer Jones suffered severe bruising to his organs, cracked ribs as well as much pain throughout his ordeal. Jones’ bullet proof vest is to be credited for shielding him from further internal injuries as it took the brunt of the impact. The offender was arrested on scene and charged with Operating a Vehicle without a License and Failing to Reduce Speed.

There is no doubt that God was with Officer Jones and the students aboard the school bus on the unfortunate morning of October 18th. He is to be commended for his bravery and selflessness as he risked his own life that morning for the sake and safety of the students aboard the bus.

In recognition of his efforts on that heroic and memorable day, Officer Philip Jones of the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is the North Carolina Association of School Resource Officers 2018 recipient of the Hank Snyder “Beyond the Call of Duty Award”.


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