Cary man charged with attempted murder, kidnapping in weekend standoff

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comMay 1, 2012 

Jason Vern Greenlee


— Police have arrested the man suspected of holding three hostages at knifepoint and stabbing one of them in an apartment last weekend.

Jason Greenlee, 30, of 105-W Ribbon Lane, was charged Tuesday with one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of first-degree kidnapping. Greenlee had been hospitalized until he was charged and taken to the Wake County jail.

According to police, Greenlee brandished a knife and confined two children and a woman, Stephanie Cary, to a unit in Amberwood Apartments at Lochmere sometime before 6 a.m. Sunday.

Greenlee released the children uninjured early in the standoff, according to police reports. He later released Cary, but she had been severely stabbed, police reported.

Greenlee and Cary were romantically involved. They are the parents of at least one of the children who was allowed to leave the apartment, Maj. Tony Godwin, of the Cary police, said.

Greenlee and Cary lived together as a couple at a residence on Dancing Shoes Court in Clayton before the company they were renting from filed for their eviction on April 2, state records how.

Greenlee had been living at the apartment on Ribbon Lane less than a week, neighbor Bashir Hicks said Tuesday.

Cary police negotiators communicated with Greenlee throughout the standoff, but eventually had to make forcible entry into the apartment to take Greenlee into custody, Godwin said.

Greenlee was treated at a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police reported. He was being held Tuesday at the Wake County jail, his bail set at $3 million, a jail spokeswoman reported.

Cary is expected to survive the knife attack, Godwin said.

“Due to the severity of injuries sustained by the victim, the Wake County District Attorney’s Office felt that the attempted murder charge was warranted,” Godwin said in a statement Tuesday. “As the victim continues to recover, we hope this arrest brings comfort and closure to her and her loved ones.”

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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