On February 23, two persons made separate reports, about an hour apart, to the Police Department where they each claimed to have been shot and injured in the City of Greenville:
1. Case # 13-13140: Anthony Lamont Lester told Greenville Police he had been shot near the Moyewood housing area. He did not provide details to police at the time he made his report. His account was vague and contradictory.
2. Case # 13-14141: Samuel Michael Finch told Greenville Police he had been shot while on Chestnut Street. He did not provide details to police at the time he made his report, either. No crime scene was ever located.
Further investigation by detectives from the Major Crimes Unit found both men were lying and made false reports. Detectives have additional evidence, and now believe that both men were in the same car together, and they were involved in a gun fight with occupants from another car. This gun fight took place somewhere in Edgecombe County, NC. At least one other person was injured. Law Enforcement officers in Rocky Mount PD and in Edgecombe County are investigating that incident.
Lester is a convicted felon with prior arrests for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault, Larceny, PWISD Cocaine, Possession of Firearm by Felon, Resisting Arrest, and Assault on a Female.
Finch is also a convicted felon with prior arrests for Assault, Possession of Stolen Firearms, Drug offenses, Armed Robbery, Attempted Murder, and Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill.
On Wednesday February 27 Detective M.W. Blunt obtained arrest warrants against both men charging each of them with Making a False Report to Police.
Incidents of this nature steal limited and valuable police resources from the community. They also give a false sense of alarm to citizens, and provide a false impression of crime in the City.
The Greenville Police Department is working closely with law enforcement officers from Edgecombe County and Rocky Mounty PD to aid in their investigation of the incident. Additional arrests are possible