Two Pitt County children found safe, Amber Alert suspect in custody


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office reports 31-year-old Terrence Devin Jones, the suspect in Saturday’s Pitt County Amber Alert, is in custody.

The two kids are safe.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a family member’s house in the 2100 block of Nathaniel Drive in Greenville around 7:00 p.m. Friday. They say that’s where Jones allegedly assaulted the mother of the children, Tiffany Allen.

Jones allegedly attempted to drag Allen into a vehicle but she was able to get away. Authorities say Jones then took her phone and left the house with the children. Before leaving, he made a threat that he was going to kill himself and the children.

“She started seeing signs of domestic abuse. He actually hit her weeks ago, she failed to report it, and we’ve explained to her the importance of the domestic violence cycle,” said Sheriff Neil Elks.

At some point Saturday, deputies received information Jones had called a relative out of state and reiterated threats of harming himself and the children. Based on this, deputies activated an Amber Alert.

“The suspect was threatening the children, and threatening to kill the children, which prompted our SWAT team to come out on this one,” said Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman.

Through the investigation, deputies found a possible location of Jones at the couple’s residence on Concord Drive in Greenville. Greenville’s Emergency Response Team was alerted and assisted the Sheriff’s Office in an effort to extract Jones from the home.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office tells us a SWAT team and negotiators were on scene. Jones spoke to authorities via phone from inside the house and continued to make threats about murdering the children.

Jones then mentioned having a knife and authorities broke into the home.

Emergency Response Team officers were able to rescue the children from a second story window while Jones was distracted. Jones was then tased. Lethal force was not used.

Jones now faces charges of attempted kidnapping, domestic assault, and communicating threats.


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has issued an amber alert for a child abduction.

Deputies are looking for a suspected abductor: 31-year-old Terrence Devin Jones. He’s described as a black male who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

WNCT spoke with Major Paula Dance with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. She says Jones made threatening comments to the children’s mother which indicated the children may be in danger.

Jones is driving a black 2016 Dodge Challenger with a CT license tag number AE81542.

Deputies say 7-year-old Tyzira Donte Jones and 5-year-old Tyana Yevette Jones are missing.

Tyzira is described as a black male who is about 4 feet 1 inches tall and weighs 74 pounds. He was last seen in a short sleeve navy blue polo shirt, Khaki pants and black and white tennis shoes.

Tyana is black female who is four feet tall and weighs 50 pounds. She was last seen wearing a navy blue dress with a purple shirt, black leggings with white spots, and white, blue, and purple Jordan tennis shoes.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Pitt County Sheriff`s Office immediately at (252) 830-4141, or call 911 or *HP.

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