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Woman in Waffle House outburst charged

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A woman who reportedly caused an outburst and damaged items at Waffle House last week is scheduled to appear in court next month to answer to charges lodged by the Weldon Police Department.

Jessica Rooke Coward, 33, of Vanceboro, faces two counts of kidnapping; two counts assault with a deadly weapon and one count of criminal damage to property.
Deputy Chief James Avens said Coward was charged Monday upon her hospital release following an evaluation.
She has a May 3 court date was jailed on $25,000 bond.
The charges stem from an investigation early Friday morning where the woman broke items, blocked employees from exiting and customers from entering.
She caused about $5,000 in damages and also harmed herself in the process.
Avens said motive has not been determined and Coward hasn’t made a statement.
She was in town working construction, Avens said.


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