News sources report the Pitt County Sheriff's Office arrested 25-year-old James Smith and charged him with kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.
Investigators say he kidnapped a person at least 16 years old and two children ages 8 and 9. According to arrest warrants, Smith threatened each victim with a gun and told the 16-year-old "I will blow your head off."
Smith appeared in court on Tuesday. He was placed in jail under a $458,000 secured bond. It's not known if he has an attorney.
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