The Latest: Man wanted in N Carolina teacher attack arrested

December 07, 2017 02:23 PM

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a teacher who was attacked after school on campus in North Carolina (all times local):


4:05 p.m.

Authorities say they have arrested a man wanted for attacking a teacher at a North Carolina elementary school.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said 34-year-old Michael Lee Nivens was wanted in connection with the attack Monday at West Hoke Elementary School near Raeford. Nivens is charged with attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Peterkin said Nivens was also wanted for unrelated sexual assault and church thefts.

Peterkin says Nivens went inside the school around 5:45 p.m. Monday and asked the teacher about a former employee at the school, then started beating her in the head with an object.

The sheriff said in a news release that the teacher is recovering from her injuries, and the students remaining at the school for afterschool care were elsewhere in the building.

Peterkin says Nivens was arrested in neighboring Robeson County, but did not release details. The statement did not indicate if Nivens had a lawyer.


7:50 a.m.

Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina have warrants for the arrest of a man charged with attacking a teacher at an elementary school.

Media outlets reported that Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin told media outlets Wednesday night that he's obtained warrants charging 34-year-old Michael Lee Nivens with attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Capt. John Kivett said a teacher was seriously injured when a man entered West Hoke Elementary School near Raeford about 5:45 p.m. Monday and hit her in the head and hands. Her name has not been released.

The sheriff said she remained in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville on Wednesday night. Schools spokeswoman Jodie Bryant said the teacher is recovering well.

Peterkin said a cash reward is being offered for information leading to Nivens' arrest.


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