Sunday evening a Black Mountain man setout on a mission to find his vehicle. The Onslow Beat received a call from Charles Nicholas “Nick” Tarlton requesting urgent help sharing photos of his 2017 Honda Civic Touring and the police report information.
After searching Facebook for any clues about the juvenile who had stolen his vehicle early Sunday morning from his mountain home while he slept, Tarlton was shocked with what he found. He discovered in his search on Facebook the recent prior posts and articles in regards to recent disappearances with the 17-year-old juvenile, Austin Tyndall. Upon discovering these, it was then he reached out pleading for assistance in sharing information on his vehicle that was stolen from his Black Mountain, NC home.
Tarlton, a Professional Photographer and General Manager of a hotel who became acquainted with 17-year-old Tyndall online via a popular mobile app, “TikTok” that is designed for short-form mobile video clips with dance, singing, comedy, vlogging, food, sports, DIY, animals and everything in between.
Tarlton said that he provided help to Tyndall on several occasions when he was in New York and alleged he was stranded, hungry and needs neglected. Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley asked Mr. Tarlton, “What made you feel so drawn to help him? Did you not see any signs of a possibly dangerous situation?” Mr. Tarlton responded, “I have helped raise teenagers with a former partner and I guess my fatherly instincts just kicked in, he reminded me of the kids I helped raise and I wanted to help.” Tarlton continued, “It’s just sad that in today’s world you want to have a good heart and help people and you can’t.”
Nick Tartlon went in depth with The Onslow Beat in showing his selfless acts of humanity towards Austin Tyndall. “I bought him food for a good week while he was in NY, I just can’t stand to see anyone going hungry, especially a kid like that.”, Tarlton said. He further explained that he offered to buy Austin a bus ticket but he didn’t have an ID to board a bus so he took vacation time, used his own money and set off to NYC to help a stranger in need get home, who he had no idea would soon make him the next victim.
Nick Tarlton said he drove to NYC to pick up Austin Tyndall and drove him back to the Beulaville, NC area by Mike’s Farm where Austin said he was, “kind of just staying between friends.” Austin contacted Nick the following day to bring him some money, a repayment of sorts for all he had done for him while he was in NYC. Austin Tyndall came by travel in a pick up truck that he shortly after arrival to the mountain area said had mechanic issues and needed repair, which turned into a suggestion to scrap the truck. You can see in these messages that at this point Nick Tarlton became very frustrated with the idea that Austin had travelled all the way to the mountains to give him what was at that time $20 (view images) and then lead to more issues that would potentially require him to assist physically and financially. It has been further discovered that Austin Tyndall travelled to the home of Nick Tarlton in the pickup truck and it was allegedly stolen as well. The Onslow Beat reached out to Asheville PD which is the agency in that matter and was unable to receive a response by deadline.
While in today’s climate of youth being taken advantage of, human trafficking and sex trafficking, it seems to be that is nowhere near the case here. Speculations quickly rose with Nick Tarlton being a 40-year-old, gay, white male and Austin Tyndall being a 17-year-old in what appeared to be circumstances of desperation and despair. In this case, it’s merely a one in a million, a true good Samaritan. Below you can see pieces of conversations by electronic means between Tarlton and the juvenile where food was ordered for him while in NY after the last disappearance.
On April 23, 2019, Goldsboro Police posted a missing persons report for Tyndall via Facebook. During this incident, Tyndall had taken his mother’s vehicle he was not authorized, nor licensed to operate along with two teenage girls who were also included in the missing alerts additionally. The three juveniles were located in Iowa several days later.
May 10, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a Missing Persons report for the girlfriend of Austin Tyndall, Madison Bratcher. Austin and Madison had yet again left the state in a vehicle he was unauthorized to operate. The two juveniles were located in Connecticut on May 15, 2019. From Connecticut, Austin Tyndall somehow made way to New York.
Early Monday morning at 12:43am a Craven County deputy responded to a request from the Black Mountain Police Department to locate a stolen 2017 Honda Civic Touring operated by juvenile, Austin Tyndall age 17 at an address in Newport, NC. The vehicle was located and the suspect fled in the vehicle. The chase ended in New Bern, NC in Craven County. Craven County Sheriff’s Office and the NC State Highway Patrol were able to stop the vehicle and take him into custody. Carteret County Sheriff’s office said Monday, Austin Tyndall was in custody under a $10K secured bond.” Tyndall was charged with one count of (F) fleeing to elude law enforcement and (F) larceny of a motor vehicle per the Black Mountain Police Department Monday morning with probation violations pending.
The owner of the vehicle, Nick Tarlton told Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley after he became aware of his vehicle being gone that he realized that Austin Tyndall had used his computer when he was there. He checked the browser to see if Tyndall had failed to log out on any online accounts and if the location settings were on.
“I realized he had used my desktop, so I decided to see if he was still logged into any of his accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Google, anything to see if his location was on and I could tell the police where he was at with my car.”, Tarlton said. “Sure enough, he had not logged out of his Facebook account nor his Google account…”, he continued. “From there, I called Black Mountain [police] and told them where he was located.”, explained Tarlton.
Austin Tyndall is currently showing to have one upcoming court date per the NC Courts website. He is calendared to be in Wayne Co. (Goldsboro) on June 24, 2019 for an arrest from May 7, 2019 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor probation violation, and he is currently on probation for Larceny of a Motor Vehicle in 2018 in Lenoir Co.
Nick Tarlton, the most recent victim of car theft was able to get his car back Wednesday in Morehead City, NC and head back to his mountain home with minimal damages.
The Onslow Beat received many tips and screenshots of messages from sources who wish to remain anonymous where Tyndall admitted to stealing the vehicle belonging to Nick Tarlton, how he did it and how fast he was driving the vehicle at high rates of speed (160KM apx 100MPH) all while bragging gleefully to friends online as he headed back to the coast of NC. Tyndall showed no remorse in the messages not shown for privacy and ethical standards (heavy language) cannot be shared publicly, referring to the stolen vehicle as his own, bragging to friends to come out and see “his” car at local businesses.
In asking Nick Tarlton, “If you could say one thing or ask anything to Austin Tyndall, what would you say or ask after all of this?” “Tarlton answered, “I would ask why and how could you do this to someone who was so generous and genuinely kind to you? ”
“How are you now that this is over for the most part?” Tarlton replied, “It feels like I’m getting back to normal. My car is in the shop and getting the necessary repairs. I did have some unnerved feelings for several days…” He continued with response of how it has changed him, “In the long term, someone will come along and really need help and I’ll say no.”
The great state of N.C. tries most cases with 16-17 year-old juveniles as adults in cases as this. We can only hope for fair justice and Austin Tyndall to change his behavior and become a productive adult citizen in society.