Prison Official Charged With Attempted Murder

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Sabian Warren, Asheville Citizen-Times

ASHEVILLE -- An assistant superintendent at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women is facing an attempted murder charge after police say he tried to hit a man with his car.

Stephen Brian Bolden, 45, of Brooklyn Road, Asheville, was charged early Tuesday with one count of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of hit and run/leaving the scene of property damage, according to arrest records.

The incident happened shortly before 1 a.m. at a mobile home park at 1256 Sweeten Creek Road. Asheville police Sgt. Dave Romick said Bolden "attempted to strike the victim with his vehicle."

The targeted man jumped out of the way, and Bolden's 1997 Toyota passenger car slammed into a parked car, Romick said. The car that was struck then slid into a third vehicle.

Bolden left the scene and was arrested at his home on Brooklyn Road, Romick said. Bolden was being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility. Bond was set at $51,000 secured.

Bolden is one of two assistant superintendents at the state women's prison on Lake Eden Road, a minimum security facility that houses 366 inmates, N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree said.

No disciplinary action had been taken against Bolden Tuesday, Acree said.

"Certainly there will be an internal investigation to look into what's occurred," he said.

Bolden has held the assistant superintendent post, with an annual salary of $42,089, since June 2012. He's been employed with the state prison system since 2001, Acree said.

 

Asheville Citizen-Times

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