Federal, state and local officers team up to arrest Elizabeth City man running a brothel

By on March 11, 2023

Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office

John “Goodwrench” Reynolds

Officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office, Dare County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabeth City Police Department conducted an investigation resulting in the arrest of the Elizabeth City man for promoting prostitution.

The investigation revealed that John “Goodwrench” Reynolds, 62, was using his residence to promote prostitution. On March 9, officers executed a search warrant in the 500 block of Lane Street in Elizabeth City. During the search warrant, numerous items were seized as evidence. The evidence seized and collected were various electronic devices including laptops, chrome books and cellular phones.

Reynolds was arrested on six counts of Promoting Prostitution, a Class E Felony. Reynolds was confined in Albemarle District Jail under a $200,000 secured bond. As the investigation continues, anyone with any additional information pertaining to this case should contact Lieutenant William “Bumper” Williams, of the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office at 252-338-2191 (office) or 252-339-1926 (cell).

The case will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office where Reynolds is liable to face additional state and/or federal charges.





Notice of Public Auction

The public will take notice that the Dare County Tourism Board, at its meeting of October 20, 2022, adopted Resolution 2022-5 authorizing the sale of surplus personal property by public auction.

Saturday, April 1, 2023.

6708 S. Croatan Highway

Nags Head, NC 27959

10am: Back of the House Auction – Complete Commercial Kitchen

Partial List: True refrigerators and coolers, Hatco drawer warmers, Hobart mixer, Vulcan, 6 & 10 burner gas ovens/stoves, Vulcan 2 basket gas fryer, Vulcan 2-door oven, stainless prep tables, DCS 6 burner LPAS range & oven, Hobart dishwasher, pots & pans & more.

2pm: Front of the House Auction – Selling Everything in the Building + Architectural Salvage by room

Partial List: Antique ships wheel chandelier, Nautical & pirate decor, sword & pistol displays, polyword tables & chairs, ship models, nautical lanterns, art, commercial bar equipment, tables and chairs, NC decoys, fish mounts, signal cannon, architectural salvage, Several bars, pirate bar & more.

Preview 3/31: 11 AM – 5 PM & Auction Day starting @ 9am
Online Absentee Bidding Catalog Closes: 3/31 @ 8pm
Catalog + Thousands of photos @ SSAOBX.HIBID.COM
Island Auction Co. (252)489-5513 – Jason P. Humphries, Auctioneer NCAL #8423
Visa / MC / Cash / Good Check – NC Sales Tax, 15% Buyers Premium


  • olin hardy


    Sunday, Mar 12 @ 8:28 am
  • Jeremy

    What’s a chromebook? Probably still had an aol acct too.

    Sunday, Mar 12 @ 11:38 pm
  • Curious

    When will the list of clients be published?

    Monday, Mar 13 @ 5:37 pm
  • Look@See

    Agreed.. these “customers” are just as guilty and they make it possible for scum like this to prey on our daughters and families. They’re just as guilty and if this guy is found guilty he should spend a LONG TIME behind bars. Make no mistake there ARE human traffickers in our midst OBX.. they ARE HERE you must stay vigilant please!! Also, if legally allowed you should train with and carry a legal firearm and be prepared to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us..

    Tuesday, Mar 14 @ 11:06 am
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