A Hubert man in jail awaiting trial for armed robbery charges is accused of threatening an Onslow County Jail inmate with a metal shank.

Jack Joseph Pekkala, 28, of Quail Point Road is accused of threatening another inmate with physical harm stating “As soon as I get another piece of metal, I am going to use it on ya’ll,” according to warrants. Pekkala is also accused of damaging his bed sheet.

Pekkala was charged by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on April 11 with possession of a weapon by a prisoner, injury to personal property and communicating threats. The alleged incidents took place between April 3 and April 8, according to warrants.

Pekkala is accused of robbing Moe’s Mart, located at 2105 Belgrade-Swansboro Road, with a shotgun on March 14 and taking $200 before allegedly driving off in a stolen 2006 Hyundai Tucson, according to warrants. Pekkala is also accused of stealing $38.50 in gasoline from Gogas at 1403 W. Corbett Ave in Swansboro.

Pekkala was arrested by the OCSO on March 26, and charged with robbery with a firearm and or dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was arrested again March 27 by the OCSO and charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

On April 4, Pekkala was charged with felony attempted escape, misdemeanor assault on a government official or employee, and misdemeanor resisting a public officer custody of a deputy after he was being treated at Onslow Memorial Hospital and allegedly tried to escape by throwing a sheet over the deputy’s face and trying to run away, according to information previously published in The Daily News.

Pekkala is in jail under a $115,000 bond, which includes $7,500 from his latest charges. Pekkala is schedule to be in court on May 7 for his latest charge, where he will be represented by his court-appointed attorney, Thomasine Moore, according to court documents. Pekkala has additional District Court dates on April 19, April 26, May 1 and May 4, according to N.C. Courts.

This isn’t the first time Pekkala has had charges brought against him while in jail. According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Pekkala was convicted of malicious conduct of a prisoner on Feb. 7, 2012 in Alexander County.

Pekkala’s conviction record includes larceny over $200 on June 14, 2007; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, damage to property, and second-degree burglary on Sept. 26, 2007; and breaking and entering a house of worship and first-degree burglary on March 5, 2008, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

 

Reporter Mike McHugh can be reached at 910-219-8455 or email mike.mchugh@jdnews.com.