Bail Bondsmen Charged With 2017 Shooting Of Two People

Two bail bondsmen are facing felony charges for the shooting of two people outside a Smithfield hotel in 2017.

Chris Lamark Johnson, 40, of Four Oaks and Devin Alexander Stenulis, 30, of Raleigh turned themselves in at the Johnston County Magistrates Office on Thursday where they were formally served arrest warrants by Smithfield Police.  Both bondsmen are charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and one felony count of discharging a weapon into occupied property.

On December 16, 2017, Smithfield Police responded to a shots fired call at Becky’s Log Cabin at 2491 Highway 70 East.

Police said several bail bonds agents had approached a car near the hotel in an attempt to locate an individual to revoke their bail.  When agents approached the car, the vehicle struck one of the agents. As the vehicle fled, police said the agents fired several shots at the fleeing car.

Trenton Kyle Hensley, 24, of Selma and Victor Romero, 31, of Selma were both shot.  A third person in the vehicle was not hit.

Smithfield Police Captain R. Sheppard declined to release any additional details about Thursday’s arrest citing an ongoing investigation by police detectives.

The NC Department of Insurance, which licenses bail bond agents in the state, is also conducting their own investigation into the December incident.

According to the arrest reports, Johnson is an agent with Area 51 Bail Bonds in Smithfield and Stenulis is with First Atlantic Surety Company in Raleigh.  Both men were released on a $100,000 bond each. (December 2017 scene photos by John Payne)