A suspect that allegedly assaulted a West Hoke Elementary School teacher has been identified.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Lee Nivens, 34, and he is being charged with attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to Hoke County Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. John Kivett said the suspect allegedly walked into the school about 5:45 pm on Monday and hit an unidentified teacher in the head, face, and hands with what they believe was a metal object.  The victim was transported to the hospital.

Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said she remained in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville on Wednesday night. Schools spokeswoman Jodie Bryant said the teacher is recovering well.

The school has placed an extra deputy on the campus, and staff has been ensuring that the doors are locked and have been instructed to be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary.

Sheriff Peterkin said a cash reward is being offered for information leading to Niven’s arrest.



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