This letter was sent to the Cape Charles Mirror: It seems the Eastern Shore Post has done it again. They have posted another story about Cape Charles being a crime ridden place. It’s not any one’s business if a local educator chokes someone out and that a gun was pulled by the assaulted person. This is certainly not a concern for the police or the ATF, just because this happened in a crowded pub in downtown Cape Charles. The owner and all his patrons have every right to keep it hush hush, RIGHT? I mean just because you have an assault, a gun and both parties under the influence of alcohol, why should it be a safety concern for the pub patrons or the town’s community, no big deal right ?? I hope this does not affect the sale of that delicious Vegan burger I have heard so much about.
Here is the account of the incident from the Eastern Shore Post:
Jeffrey Antonio Wayman, 39, a physical education/driver education instructor with Accomack County Public Schools for 15 years, who lives on Belle Haven Road in Belle Haven, is accused of “impeding the blood circulation of Tyler Combs without such person’s consent by knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully applying pressure to the neck of such person resulting in wounding or bodily injury.”Wayman was also charged with assault and battery of Combs and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. He was arrested on Jan. 3 by Sgt. Bobby Taylor of the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being handled by Officer Andrew Spencer of the Cape Charles Police Department (CCPD). Combs, 21, of Seaside Road in Capeville, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm, disorderly conduct, brandishing a firearm and carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, according to Chief Jim Pruitt of CCPD. All four counts are misdemeanors. Combs is free on unspecified bond. Pruitt said both men had been drinking. “Some words were exchanged and then the two got into a scuffle,” Pruitt said, adding, “It could have been a really bad situation. The other issue we have is nobody called and reported it,” despite that there was apparently a room full of people in attendance. Pruitt said the incident occurred at about 1 a.m. and that his office was not alerted about it until much later. “No shots were fired,” he added.
The Mirror contacted CCPD Chief Jim Pruitt about the about the fight that took place at a ‘Cape Charles night spot’ (confirmed to be Kelly’s Gingernut Pub) back on Dec 24th, as was reported in the Post:
1. Why was this not reported to CCPD when it happened? Has there been any follow-up on why this was not reported, and who made the decision not to call the authorities?
2. If it wasn’t reported, how did we find out about it?
3. How did the county sheriff’s office find out?
4. What role does CCPD have in the case now?
Chief Pruitt responded: Your question #1 that is a good question, it baffles me why someone wouldn’t call when a gun is brandished in a public place. That part of the case has been turned over to the ABC agent to handle. Question #2 I received a personal phone call telling me what had happened, the next day and I had my guys start investigating it. During there investigation evidence was recovered and interviews of the suspects were taken, from there Officer Spencer obtained warrants on both parties.
In reality, fights happen in bars all the time, and Cape Charles is no exception. Every night in America, somewhere, someone will be beaten, stabbed, shot or even killed in a bar room altercation. The disturbing part is that the Town of Cape Charles wants to cover things up and paint a false narrative only for tourism growth. Let’s face it, in recent times we have seen a kid gunned down in the park, a brutal rape in the park, a rape at the beach (that was somehow made to go away), a town resident killed a Cheriton man in cold blood, gunshots on the beach, any number of vicious street fights, and the list goes on. While Councilman Bannon and Town Council may want to attack the Eastern Shore Post for ‘fake news’ , without the professional staff of that paper covering the police beat, we would never find out about half of these events.