Crime

Man accused of threatening witness to deter trial appearance

Two men were charged Wednesday with threatening people, one a man who police said threatened for wanting to leave gang and the other a Wake County inmate speaking to a witness in his assault case.

In the first case, Caleb Erik Bullock, 19, of 501 New Bern Ave. was arrested near the Moore Square bus station in downtown Raleigh and charged with communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and threatening to punish gang withdrawal.

The gang threat, Raleigh police said in an arrest warrant, involved a 20-year-old man. Bullock was being held in lieu of $70,000 bail and was due in court Thursday.

Police did not disclose what gang they believed was involved in the case.

In the other case, police charged that Marcus Lawaine Hopkins, 33, of 322 S. Franklin St., was caught on the jail’s Paytel inmate phone system telling a woman, “All ... you need to do is not show up” in court and that if she did come to court, “You’re gonna see a side of me you ain’t never seen,” an arrest warrant recounted.

In another conversation, police said that Hopkins told the witness, “I feel like you’re on their side” and threatened to harm her.

Paytel is a communications system made for corrections facilities and lets inmates make collect calls to people who have agreed to participate.

Calls from the Wake County Detention Center and the Wake County Jail are monitored, sheriff’s office Capt. James Stevens said.

Hopkins’ total bail was set at $86,000 for the two new charges of intimidating a witness and earlier charges that included assault on a female and a half-dozen charges of not coming to court when he was supposed to for misdemeanor charges.

He was to be in court Thursday on the newest charges.

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