Man threatened to kill officers, investigators say
A Lenoir man vowed to get into a shoot-out rather than go back to jail but was arrested last Wednesday without any gun being drawn, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.
Jonathan Daniel Hatfield, 35, was originally being sought by the sheriff's office last week on a charge of larceny of a motor vehicle, but investigators say Hatfield made the threats to shoot law enforcement officers, so the U.S. Marshal's Service was brought in to help, said LouAnn Kincaid, Caldwell County public information officer.
Hatfield was believed to be at the beach, but authorities learned on June 11 he was actually in the Granite Falls area. With help from Granite Falls police, Hatfield was arrested about 11:30 a.m. that day in the parking lot outside the Fair Value grocery store. A search found bullets but no gun.
The vehicle that Hatfield is accused of stealing, a white GMC Terrain with N.C. license plate YPY-4696, has not been found.
Hatfield was charged with failure to appear for probation violation and auto larceny, and secured bonds of $50,000 and $100,000 were issued.
Hatfield was convicted in April 2014 and August 2013 in Caldwell County on charges of driving while impaired.
Anyone with information on the location of the GMC Terrain is asked to call Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or the sheriff's office at 828-758-2324.