• Albemarle attorney accused of pointing gun at a family

    By: Kathryn Burcham


    ALBEMARLE, N.C. - The State Attorney General's Office will decide if criminal charges will be filed against an Albemarle attorney accused of pointing a gun at a family.

    Albemarle Police said they have finished their investigation into the Nov. 16 incident and have forwarded their findings to the AG's office.

    The alleged victim, Nolan Deas, told Eyewitness News he is representing himself in a bitter custody case with his ex-wife, who is represented by attorney Patrick Currie.

    Deas said on Nov. 16, he went to Currie's office in Albemarle with his father and his 4-year-old son to pick up some financial documents in the case.

    Deas said when he walked in, Currie became visibly upset.

    "His face was red, his mouth was white around the edges, and he looked at me and dad and said 'What are you all doing here?'" Deas said.

    Deas said several weeks before, he had filed a complaint with the NC Bar Association against Currie over allegations of misconduct in the criminal case.

    Deas said Currie refused to provide him with the requested documents and began screaming at him and his family members, telling them to leave.

    As Deas began to walk down the sidewalk in front of Currie's office, he said Currie yelled at him.

    "He reaches in his back pocket and says, 'Well, maybe this will make you get out a little bit quicker,'" Deas said. Deas said Currie then showed him a gun and pointed it at him, his father and his son.

    "I was shocked. I couldn't believe it. I would never think that an attorney would have a weapon in his back pocket," Deas said.

    Deas said he called police, who launched an investigation.

    Eyewitness News went to Currie's office Thursday, but he refused to answer any questions and would not provide a comment.

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