Man faces multiple charges including burglary, assault and child abuse following Kitty Hawk incident

Published 11:17 am Saturday, June 3, 2023

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A man is facing multiple charges in connection with an incident that began Friday night in Kitty Hawk with a domestic dispute call and continued until Saturday morning when the alleged perpetrator was apprehended and a young child was recovered.

According to a news release from the Kitty Hawk Police Department, on June 2, 2023 at around 8:45 p.m., KHPD officers were called to the 4400 block of Seascape Drive for a domestic dispute in progress. “The male suspect, AJ Kwiatkowski, had fled on foot prior to officers arrival and the female victim claimed that Kwiatkowski assaulted and choked her,” stated the release. Kwiatkowski, 36, is from Peachland, North Carolina.

Officers were continuing their search for Kwiatkowski when they were called back to the Seascape Drive location at approximately 1:20 a.m. on June 3, when it was reported that Kwiatkowski had broken back into the home. “Officers arrived again to find that Kwiatkowski had entered the home and abducted his 15 month old son and again fled on foot,” stated the release.

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KHDP reported that additional local resources were called to assist in the search. Over a period of approximately six hours, Kwiatkowski was located and apprehended at the 7-Eleven location at 3868 N. Croatan Hwy. in Kitty Hawk. Detective Jason Rigler stated the child was “recovered from the suspect at the gas pumps outside the 7-Eleven safely. The child had sustained minor injuries but we cannot give specific detail.”

The news release also stated that Sergio Walker was taken into custody as he was trying to pick up Kwiatkowski.

Kwiatkowski’s preliminary charges include first degree burglary, child abuse, multiple counts of injury to personal property, assault by strangulation and simple assault.

Walker was charged with driving on a revoked license.

Evidence is continuing to be reviewed and it is possible additional charges will be forthcoming.

“The Kitty Hawk Police Department would like to thank Southern Shores Police Department, Kill Devil Hills Police Department, Duck Police Department, Nags Head Police Department, Manteo Police Department, and the Dare County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in locating the offender and returning the child to safety,” stated the KHPD news release.