Richmond County crime briefs

By: Staff reports

Man, woman charged with assaulting each other

HAMLET — A man and woman arguing about ownership of $60 late Tuesday were slapped with misdemeanor assault charges when their argument turned violent, police reports show.

Deja Nicole Smith, 22, of Southern Pines was charged with simple assault and Jacob Ryan Carver, 24, of Airport Road, Rockingham with assault on a female. Both charges were misdemeanors.

Officers took Smith and Carver from the site of the alleged argument — Piney Pointe Apartments — to the Richmond County Jail. They are both scheduled to appear in court April 23.

Online court records show Carver also has a May 7 appearance in Richmond County Superior Court on three felony drug charges.

He was convicted of assault on a female in October 2016, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

Teen accused of incest

ROCKINGHAM — Police arrested 16-year-old Tyrion K. Travers of Ellerbe on Monday, charging him with having sex with a relative, who is under the age of 13.

He is charged with one felony count of incest. The warrant for Travers’ arrest does not specify the age of the alleged victim but explains that the charge, G.S. 14-178(B)(1)(A), is given when a person has sex with a child who is under the age of 13 while being at least 12 years old and is at least four years older than the child.

Travers is being held at the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. He has no prior offenses, according to state records.

He is scheduled to appear in court on April 26.

Teen charged with rape

ROCKINGHAM — Sheriff’s deputies Monday arrested 16-year-old Cody A. Harding of Hamlet on rape charges.

He is charged with one felony count of second-degree forcible rape, according to warrants for his arrest.

Harding is being held at the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. He has no prior convictions, according to state records.

He is scheduled to appear in court on April 26.

Man accused of shoplifting

HAMLET — Julian Robinson, 45, of Hamlet was charged Monday with one misdemeanor count each of second-degree trespassing, and shoplifting and concealment of goods, police reports show.

Robinson, who has no known address, was taken from the Alco convenience store on West Hamlet Avenue and jailed at the Richmond County Jail in lieu of a $500 secured bond.

Online court records show Robinson also has pending misdemeanor charges, including two counts of larceny and one count each of first- and second-degree terspassing.

He was scheduled to appear in court on all charges Friday.

Robinson has been convicted on multiple counts of misdemeanor and felony larceny since 1990, state records show, including larceny of dogs in 2011.

His record also includes convictions of selling a Schedule II controlled substance, damage to property, assault by pointing a gun and resisting a public officer.

SUV impounded after DWI charge

HAMLET — If he had stayed put, Ignacio Arroya Gonzalez probably would have been told only to turn down the music playing at a home he was visiting on West Hamlet Avenue, police Capt. Randy Dover says.

But Gonzalez and a number of other men hopped into a car and drove off when police arrived Saturday, Dover said this week. That resulted in a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired by alcohol or other drugs, police reports show.

Gonzalez, 31 and a resident of St. Pauls, was taken to the Richmond County Jail, where he was booked under a $500 bond. His vehicle, a 2002 Ford Explorer, was impounded.

Teen leads cops on chase

HAMLET — Refusing to pull over for speeding citation, 17-year-old Jordan Cameron of Rockingham instead led officers of at least three Richmond County law-enforcement agencies on an extended chase in the wee hours of last Friday, police reports show.

Cameron, of Collins Church Road, was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, a blue 2008 Cadillac CTS. He was taken to the Richmond County Jail, and booked under a $5,000 secured bond.

He is also charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon against emergency personnel — both felonies — driving with no operator’s license, reckless driving to endanger, failing to stop at a stop sign or flashing red light and possession of counterfeit instrument, currency or check.

The car, stolen in Salisbury, was impounded.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Staff reports