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Police: Postal employee charged after pointing gun

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From staff reports

Saturday, January 12, 2019

A woman El­iz­a­beth City po­lice have de­scribed as a U.S. Postal Ser­vice em­ployee is fac­ing sev­eral weapon-re­lated charges af­ter al­legedly point­ing a hand­gun at an ex-boyfriend out­side the city post of­fice last week.

Xiomara Natasha Watkins, 29, of the 500 block of Mas­sachusetts Ave., El­iz­a­beth City, was ar­rested Fri­day and charged with car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon and go­ing armed to the ter­ror of the public, Sgt. La­toya K. Flani­gan said in a press re­lease.

Watkins’ un­se­cured bond was set at $5,000. She is due in Pasquotank District Court on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Flani­gan, city po­lice re­sponded to a re­port of a woman with a hand­gun in the park­ing lot of the post of­fice build­ing at 1001 West Ehring­haus Street just af­ter 9 a.m. When of­fi­cers ar­rived, Watkins was un­armed but they learned she had got­ten into both a ver­bal and phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion with a man they iden­ti­fied as Larry Wil­liams and de­scribed as Watkins’ ex-boyfriend. The al­ter­ca­tion al­legedly took place in Watkins’ ve­hi­cle in the park­ing lot and in­volved Watkins dis­play­ing and point­ing a hand­gun at Wil­liams, Flani­gan said.

Flani­gan said Wil­liams left the park­ing lot be­fore po­lice ar­rived and has not come for­ward to be in­ter­viewed by po­lice. She said Watkins, who they de­ter­mined works at the post of­fice, has not told po­lice where they can find him.

Flani­gan said more charges are pend­ing in the in­ci­dent.

A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Ser­vice was at­tempt­ing to con­firm Watkins’ em­ploy­ment with the Postal Ser­vice on Satur­day.

Flani­gan said po­lice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent con­tin­ues. She urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent to call po­lice at 335-4321 or the El­iz­a­beth City Crime Line at 335-5555.

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