Fayetteville judge issued summons on assault with deadly weapon charge

A criminal court summons was issued Friday for a state Appeals Court judge after a Fayetteville woman swore before a Cumberland County magistrate that he nearly hit her with his SUV.

Once served, the summons orders Judge John M. Tyson to appear in a Cumberland County courtroom next month to answer to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Myah Warren has said she was almost struck by the vehicle driven by Tyson while she was protesting near the Market House on May 7.

A police brutality protestor has filed a charge of assault with a deadly weapon against Judge John Tyson, alleging Tyson tried to hit her with his SUV last week as she demonstrated outside the Fayetteville Market House.

Warren said Friday that she gave a statement early that afternoon to the magistrate about what happened. She provided The Fayetteville Observer with a document called, “Court Witness Information.” It calls for her to appear in court as a witness on the charge for which the summons was issued. It lists Tyson as the defendant.

A still, taken from footage shot May 7 outside the Market House, shows a man sitting behind the wheel of an SUV with a N.C. Appeals Court license plate that protestors allege tried hitting demonstrators.

David T. Courie Sr., a partner in the Fayetteville law firm of Beaver Courie Sternlicht Hearp & Broadfoot, said in an email to an Observer reporter on Friday that he and his firm are representing Tyson in “the misdemeanor summons brought by an individual, not law enforcement, 7 days after the alleged date of offense.”

“It would not be appropriate to comment on the matter at this time,” Courie said. “We will proceed with faith in the facts and our system of justice.”