Moral Monday protester at NC Legislative Building also faces weapons charges

From staff reportsJune 18, 2014 

CORRECTION: Previous versions of this article misstated the arresting police force, which was the N.C. General Assembly police. The headline and article also said the suspect was charged with a drug offense along with the weapons charges. The article has been revised to say he had an outstanding warrant on a prior drug charge. All changes made Thursday, June 19, 2014.

RALEIGH -- One of the 20 Moral Monday protesters charged with trespassing by State Capitol police on Monday was also accused of carrying four pocket knives into the Legislative Building.

Matthew Ian Wolfe, 28, of Greensboro was charged with one misdemeanor count of violating legislative building rules, according to an arrest warrant.

Police accused Wolfe of carrying concealed weapons into the Legislative Building after finding “four folding pocket knives” in his possession, according to the warrant.

Lt. Martin Brock with the N.C. General Assembly police, said he was the arresting officer. He said Mr. Wolfe was wearing a backpack.

"He professed to be homeless," Brock said.

While Mr. Wolfe was being processed into jail, a search of the backpack he was wearing turned up four "instruments with blades," was how Brock described the items.

The blades included two large knives, a Swiss Army knife and and snap-on pocket knife.

The police lieutenant also discovered there was an outstanding warrant for Mr. Wolfe's arrest charging him with failure to appear in court in Guilford County for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, Brock said.

The state records show it as a drug paraphernalia charge however.

Wolfe was booked into the Wake County jail Monday at 9:55 p.m. He was released at 3:09 a.m. Tuesday after posting a $3,000 bond, the jail spokesman said.

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