Suspect Lies About COVID-19 Exposure During Arrest

SELMA – A Princeton woman arrested by Selma Police in connection with a robbery and assault investigation will not face additional charges after she allegedly told arresting officers she had been exposed to COVID-19.

On April 2nd, officers responded to a home on W. Richardson Street. A 25 year-old victim told officers she allowed Gavin Vance Christian, 28, of Kenly and Jasmine Genee Green (aka Jasmine Grenee Greene), 24, of Princeton to borrow her car for 10 minutes.  They returned much later and the victim confronted the suspects about not returning her vehicle on time.

During the altercation, the victim was assaulted, her purse stolen and the windshield to her car shattered.  Both Christian and Green reportedly fled before police arrived.  They were located about three hours later by Four Oaks Police at the Travelers Inn Motel on Highway 96.

Jasmine Genee Green

Green and Christian were brought before a magistrate and served with warrants for common law robbery, assault and damage to personal property.  They were ordered to be held in the Johnston County Jail under a $25,000 bond each.

While processing Green into the Johnston County Jail, she allegedly told a Selma officer one of her family members was being treated for the coronvirus and she had been staying with the family member for four or five days.  When questioned further, Green told the officer, “I’m telling the truth.”

The officer then notified jail staff who initiated protocol for handling potential COVID-19 inmates.  Police then contacted Green’s mother and a second family member who both confirmed no one was being treated for COVID-19.

Police Chief W.M. Thomas said Green will not face any additional charges for allegedly lying to officers about potential exposure to COVID-19.   Police believe Green may have been trying to get out jail by making up the story.