Salisbury man charged with slashing girlfriend with box cutter

Published 12:08 pm Thursday, December 1, 2016

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man remains behind bars today after he attacked his girlfriend with a box cutter and attempted to force her to buy him alcohol.

Salisbury Police charged Roland Rico Harris, 36, of the 200 block of North Long Street, with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony second-degree kidnapping, felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Police received a 911 call Wednesday before 7 p.m. and arrived at SunTrust Bank, 507 W. Innes St., where they found a woman bleeding. The woman was with her boyfriend, later identified as Roland Harris. There were two others at the bank standing out of the rain near the building.

The woman told police she and Harris were on her front porch when an argument ensued. He pulled out a box cutter and said “tell me the truth b—- or I will kill you.”

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said alcohol was involved in this incident.

He slashed her across the face with the blade. She grabbed for it and cut her left hand. He forced her to get into a van to buy him alcohol.

She repeatedly told Harris she needed to the go to the hospital, but Harris refused. He told her first they needed to go to the bank to get money from the ATM. He drove onto the median and got the van stuck. Passersby stopped to inquire if they needed help.

Lingle said while one good samaritan tried to help them move the van, the other called 911 after seeing the woman bleeding profusely.

The woman was cut on her hand, above her left eye and at least three cuts to her face. She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.

Police seized the box cutter and other razors from Harris.