Admitted puppy strangler arrested for alleged robbery

PITT COUNTY - A man who pleaded guilty to strangling a puppy to death is facing robbery charges for the second time.

According to the Pitt County Detention Center, 22-year-old Demetrius Clayton Crumble, of Greenville, was arrested on Tuesday on charges of common law robbery and resisting a public officer. He was being held on a $53,500 bond. No other details were released about the incident.

The suspect was previously arrested in June on robbery and other charges.

Crumble had pleaded guilty to strangling a puppy in February 2013. According to investigators, the incident happened on Carolyn Street, south of Greenville off Highway 43.     

Neighbors said they saw three men strangling the white pit bull terrier mix with a telephone cord. Authorities later found the dog dead in a ditch.

In addition to Crumble, Evan Harrington and Kendrick Fitchet were charged with felony cruelty to animals.

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