On Tuesday, August 6th, around 10:00AM, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and JAS (Johnston’s Ambulance Service) responded to 354 Island Creek Rd., in Pollocksville, in reference to a reported overdose called in by the victim’s boyfriend. Upon arrival to the scene, EMS stabilized the victim, identified as Mandi Louis Kane, and then transported her to the emergency room at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.
A short time later, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by medical staff and was advised that further examination revealed that the victim’s condition was not due to an overdose, but rather to that of a serious physical assault, which resulted in a punctured lung, severe brain trauma and other serious injuries. As a result of those injuries, she was flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for specialized care.
Following the revelation of the cause of the victim’s condition and the severity of her injuries, Jones County Investigators immediately responded back out to secure the original scene and called in the SBI to assist with the investigation. Investigators began canvassing the area, conducted several field interviews and identified the victim’s boyfriend as a suspect. A search warrant for the residence was obtained and executed at approximately 4:30PM.
On the following morning, at approximately 2:30AM, law enforcement officers from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Maysville Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation, armed with an arrest warrant, converged on a residence located at 7392 Hwy 17, just north of Pollocksville to attempt to locate the suspect. The suspect attempted to flee out of the back door of the residence, but was quickly apprehended.
Hank Owen Daughtey, 32 of 354 Island Creek Rd., Pollocksville was arrested and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Inflicting Serious Injury with Intent to Kill(F). He remains in the custody of the Jones County Jail under a $500,000 Secured Bond.
*The victim in this case remains in a coma in critical condition, under law enforcement protection, at Vidant Medical Center, following multiple surgeries. The suspect has a history of violence and domestic assaults.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information pertaining to this case is urged to contact the Jones County Sheriff’s Office in Trenton, or the SBI’s Coastal District Office in Jacksonville.
~J.C.S.O. Public Information Officer