• Deputies: Man arrested for posing as an FBI agent, stomping woman's head

    By: Jenna Deery


    ROCKWELL, N.C. - A man is accused of posing as a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, then stomping on a 62-year-old woman's head before he took off with her cellphone.
    Jimmy Ray Blackwell isn't a stranger to police.
    He's been convicted of several serious crimes dating back to the 1980s and he's locked up again.
    Channel 9 met with the victim Tuesday at her business, Curt and Geri’s in Kannapolis. Geri Smith, the victim, said she has never felt as violated as she did in her own home Saturday morning when the attack happened.
    Her left arm and cheek are still swollen black and blue. 
    "I had just stepped out on the porch with a cup of coffee and didn't even have the first sip of it yet," said Smith. 
    Smith said Blackwell pulled into her driveway, walked up to her and started telling her a bizarre story.
    "He pretended to be looking for someone as a bondsman, then he was a U.S. marshal and then he was an FBI agent."
    He pressured her to go inside. She refused, yelling loud enough for a neighbor to hear.
    "That's when he pushed (the) chair and... put his foot on my face," added Smith. 
    Blackwell has a history of theft, including home invasion and kidnapping charges involving elderly victims in 2007.
    He was out on bond for a robbery in Davidson County when the attack happened. 
    Deputies arrested Blackwell this weekend for stealing a car in Salisbury. 
    They said it's the same car he used to drive to the victim's home and that's how they were able to connect him to the case.

    Blackwell is currently in the Rowan County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond.

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