Man charged with inappropriately touching child, kidnapping in Pasquotank

Posted at 3:52 PM, Mar 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-29 06:55:22-04

A man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a child, among other charges, according to Sheriff Randy Cartwright of Pasquotank County.

On Saturday an event was being held at Morgan’s Corner Proving Ground about 8:00 p.m. Two Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Deputies were on assignment there when they observed a confrontation.

Sheriff’s Cartwright says that confrontation was a group of people stopping 43-year-old Edward Imwald Jr. from inappropriately touching a young child.

Officers say that the suspect inappropriately removed the child without permission from the parents and inappropriately touched the child behind a bus that was parked at the event.

The owner of the motocross park, Chris Smith, says while many people were watching trucks mud bogging, others saw Imwald’s every move and intervened.

“It just goes to show the people that attend these types of events are not just rednecks that don't care about anything but to drink beers,” Smith said. “The people that were attending the event were smart enough and aware enough that they saw something they didn't like and gave this person, I guess you would say, ‘country justice’ out here in Elizabeth City.”

People at the event intervened, which caught the attention of a deputy.

Imwald was arrested and charged with Simple Assault, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Indecent Liberties with a Minor, and Kidnapping. He is being held on a $22,000 bond.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident may contact the Sheriff’s Office at 252-338-2191 or the Hotline at 252-335-5555.