Church shelter worker stabbed, resident charged

Jermaine Tart

Jermaine Tart

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A worker at a homeless shelter was stabbed Sunday evening in Winston-Salem and a resident has been charged.

Police say shelter monitor Richard Cassidy, 45, was escorting patrons into the shelter at the First Presbyterian Church on Marshall Street around 8 p.m. Sunday when he was attacked.

Police say the man who attacked Cassidy was at the church to seek shelter.

Police identified the suspect as Jermaine Antwan Tart, 32. Tart is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The victim was taken to Baptist Hospital with serious injuries. He is listed in good condition as of 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The motive for the attack is unknown.

Russ May is a Moravian Pastor who leads Anthony’s Plot, one of the ministries that helps coordinate the overflow shelter at First Presbyterian.

“Not just us who work at the overflow shelter, but guests and volunteers are obviously upset by what happened,” May said on Monday.

May said Cassidy is doing well, and they hope he will be able to go home from the hospital by Tuesday.

Cassidy had a lot of visitors at the hospital, May added, and they have been praying together for Jermaine Tart.

“We would never think this sort of thing would happen, but we do understand what the people we work with are dealing with. Richard feels like it is his calling for him to work with the homeless,” said May.

May explained Cassidy and Tart were having a great conversation on the way to the overflow shelter. They are not sure what caused Tart to suddenly act violently.

May said the two have interacted on several other occasions. He called the stabbing a “rare event” in their line of work.

“The bigger picture is understanding how a community engages and cares for its most vulnerable citizens,” said May. “Richard and I are not mental health experts, but we try to understand what people in our community are going through.”

May said they will continue offering the overflow shelter as planned through the end of March.

The goal is to offer a warm place to stay and a meal during the cold months.

May is confident Cassidy will continue working with the community, and they are asking prayers for all of the shelter’s workers and guests.

Anyone with information as to this crime is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

18 comments

  • Rick Yokeley (@ricktanglewood1)

    JERMAINE TART
    Offender Number: 803377
    Inmate Status: INACTIVE
    Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
    Gender: MALE
    Race: BLACK
    Ethnic Group: EUROPEAN/N.AM./AUSTR
    Birth Date: 06/03/1981
    Age: 32

    Printable Version

    Name(s) Of Record

    Last Name
    Suffix
    First Name
    Middle Name
    Name Type
    TART JERMAIN COMMITTED
    TART JERMAIN ANTWAN COMMITTED
    TART JERMAINE COMMITTED
    TART JERMAINE ANTWAN COMMITTED
    TART JERMAINE ANTWONE ALIAS

    Most Recent Incarceration Summary

    Incarceration Status: INACTIVE Total Incarceration Term: 5 MONTHS
    Conviction Date: 05/29/2003 Projected Release Date: 01/10/2004
    Primary Crime: SELL SCHEDULE VI (PRINCIPAL) Primary Crime Type: FELON
    Special Characteristics: REGULAR Current Status: N/A
    Admission Date: 11/07/2003 Admitting Location: PIEDMONT CI
    Control Status: REGULAR POPULATION Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
    Custody Classification: MINIMUM 1 Next Custody Review: 05/19/2004
    Current Location: FORSYTH COUNTY Previous Location: FORSYTH CC
    Last Movement : EXPIRATION Last Movement Date: 01/10/2004

    Escapes?: N

    Offender Sentence History

    Most Recent Period of Supervision Record

    Sentence Number: 03-001 Commitment Type: PROBATION/PAROLE
    Conviction Date: 01/21/2005 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Punishment Type: COMMUNITY SS (DCC)
    Sentence Type 1: PROBATION
    Sentence Type 2: SUSPENDED SENTENCE
    Sentence Type 3: COUNTY JAIL

    Commitment
    Docket#
    Offense (Qualifier)
    Offense Date
    Type
    Sentencing
    Penalty
    Class Code

    CONCURRENT TO SENTENCE NUMBER 02-001 04064878 ASSAULT ON FEMALE (PRINCIPAL) 12/14/2004 MISD. CLASS A1 MISDEMEANOR SS

    Sentence Number: 02-001 Commitment Type: PROBATION/PAROLE
    Conviction Date: 07/20/2004 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Punishment Type: COMMUNITY SS (DCC)
    Sentence Type 1: PROBATION
    Sentence Type 2: COUNTY JAIL
    Sentence Type 3: SUSPENDED SENTENCE

    Commitment
    Docket#
    Offense (Qualifier)
    Offense Date
    Type
    Sentencing
    Penalty
    Class Code

    INITIAL 04058119 ASSAULT ON FEMALE (PRINCIPAL) 06/25/2004 MISD. CLASS A1 MISDEMEANOR SS

    Most Recent Period of Incarceration Record

    Sentence Number: BA-001 Commitment Type: INMATE
    Conviction Date: 05/29/2003 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Service Status: EXPIRED Sentence Begin Date: 10/03/2003
    Actual Release Date: 01/10/2004
    Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS Projected Release Date: 01/10/2004
    Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
    Sentence Type 2: PROBATION REVOCATION
    Minimum Term: 4 MONTHS Maximum Term: 5 MONTHS

    Commitment
    Docket#
    Offense (Qualifier)
    Offense Date
    Type
    Sentencing
    Penalty
    Class Code

    INITIAL 03055157 SELL SCHEDULE VI (PRINCIPAL) 05/09/2003 FELON CLASS H
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 03055157 POSSESS WITS SCHEDULE VI (PRINCIPAL) 05/09/2003 FELON CLASS I

    Previous Period of Supervision Record

    Sentence Number: 01-001 Commitment Type: PROBATION/PAROLE
    Conviction Date: 05/29/2003 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Punishment Type: INTERMEDIATE SS
    Sentence Type 1: PROBATION

    Commitment
    Docket#
    Offense (Qualifier)
    Offense Date
    Type
    Sentencing
    Penalty
    Class Code

    INITIAL 03055157 POSSESS WITS SCHEDULE VI (PRINCIPAL) 05/09/2003 FELON CLASS I
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 03055157 SELL SCHEDULE VI (PRINCIPAL) 05/09/2003 FELON CLASS H
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 03055157 VIOLATION DRUG LAWS (PRINCIPAL) 05/09/2003 FELON CLASS I

  • No More

    He need some hot lead! He is begging for it! Give it to him. Protect yo selves people. These criminals will be let loose after a few months and come after you. Be ready!

  • Laura

    Well its pretty obvious that Mr. Tart has mental issues. The problem is, he has been a menace to society for quite sometime now. Is the justice system going to finally put this man in a mental institution where he belongs, or will they put him in jail for another 5 months and give him a slap on the wrist so he can do it again when he gets out?

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