Man Arrested Twice Within Two Hours

SMITHFIELD – A Smithfield man is facing numerous charges following incidents at a local rest home and motel. They happened less than two hours apart.

At 3:59am Saturday, September 25th, police responded to a vandalism call at Becky’s Log Cabin Motel on US Highway 70 Business East. Police allege Dennis Lee Watson, 46, of Blount Street, had damaged a window screen at the motel. While taking him into custody at the scene, officers reportedly found 3.2 grams of suspected cocaine in his possession.

Watson was booked in at the Johnston County Jail on charges of felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor injury to property. He immediately posted a $10,000 bond.

A short time later, police responded to Classic Care Homes on Annie Parker Circle after Watson allegedly went to confront an ex-girlfriend who worked at the rest home. Watson reportedly tried to remove a window HVAC unit to gain entry. During the attempted break-in he caused approximately $400 in damage. While in the parking lot he also reportedly fired a gun. No injuries were reported in the domestic-related incident.

Watson was charged with attempted breaking and entering and injury to property. He was confined in the Johnston County Jail after his second arrest at 5:43am.

Watson was later served with an additional warrant charging him with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly discharging the firearm in the rest home parking lot. At last report, Watson was still being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $175,000 secured bond.

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