GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly released a statement Monday in response to recent violence in Greenville, including a fatal stabbing at the corner of Evans and Fifth streets Saturday night.
"I am deeply disturbed by the recent acts of violence that have taken place in downtown Greenville, the heart of our great city," said Connelly
In his statement, Connelly said the culture in the downtown area has become one that promotes violence.
"The loss of life due to these senseless acts is not normal, and we as a city cannot allow this behavior to be normalized. We must have increased accountability for those who choose to commit violence, as well as a broader community effort to decrease violence," said Connelly.
Greenville police Chief Mark Holtzman said there has been an increase in crime city-wide and announced a plan to increase their presence in Uptown.
"This needs to be a place where you can come, and you can enjoy yourself and go home safely," said Holtzman. "You shouldn't have to look over your shoulder and worry about where you are at and who's around you."
The following steps will be implemented, effective immediately:
- Increased police presence in parking lots, entrances and exits to downtown area and an established police command post downtown every weekend
- Increased use of police blue lights
- A comprehensive review of current City ordinances pertaining to downtown nightlife
- City partnership with Uptown Greenville to create a Nighttime Economy Safety Team (NEST) comprised of City representatives, as well as Uptown business owners and stakeholders
- Increased participation and presence of partner agencies downtown to include the Fire Marshall, Alcohol Law Enforcement, Probation and Parole, East Carolina University Police, Code Enforcement, and Planning and Zoning
- Additional public safety measures that cannot be announced at this time to the general public.
"Greenville is better than this. We are better than this. We must stand together to send a strong message to those committing violence: enough is enough," said Connelly.
The victim of Saturday night's fatal stabbing has been identified as 22-year-old Raekwon Davon Moore of Winterville, according to Greenville Police Department.
Police say Moore and a second individual excited an SUV near 5th St. and Evans St. before they started assaulting two other people, according to GPD. One of the individuals stabbed Moore during the altercation, police say.
GPD has identified all of the people involved, and it is unclear if charges will be filed at this time. The matter is being reviewed by the Pitt County District Attorney's Office.
Greenville Police are investigating after a fatal stabbing in Uptown Greenville.
On Saturday, Officers responded to the area of 5th and Evans Street shortly after 10:30 P.M. for the report of a fight. When they arrived, they found a man suffering from a stab wound. He was transported to Vidant Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.
Two people have been taken in for questioning about the incident. It remains under investigation.
Police believe it was an isolated incident between two groups of individuals, and there is no ongoing threat to the public.
The name of the deceased will be released after next of kin has been notified of his death.