Host of violentparty held onunrelated charges

By: Gavin Stone - Staff Writer
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HAMLET — A man who threw a party that turned into a shoot-‘em-up earlier this month has been arrested on an unrelated firearms charge.

Police performing a probation check on Lindsey Brown Jr., 30, of Ellenton Avenue found a gun in his house, Police Chief Scott Waters said Friday.

Waters said police still had no leads on who shot up the home, a couple of cars and a neighboring house in the early-morning hours of July 1.

No one was injured in the shooting, and Capt. Randy Dover said at the time that no one present at the sizable gathering reported seeing the shooters or what led to the incident. Officers collected 42 gun shells on the lawn of the house after the party. They also made four arrests for charges such as fighting and profanity.

Police recovered no weapons at the scene, but Dover has ruled out its being a drive-by.

Brown is charged with one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He is being held at the Richmond County Jail.

Jail staff said no bond had been imposed, although the arrest reports lists a $25,000 secured bond.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show that Brown has been convicted of multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in North Carolina, all in Richmond County.

He served a year and a month in prison for an August 2014 conviction on one felony count of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance with intent to sell.

In May 2017, he was convicted of one felony count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, for which he served a year in prison, records show.

He was also incarcerated for three months following a June 2010 conviction for one misdemeanor count each of driving while impaired, possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining any place for keeping a controlled substance.

He was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of failure to disperse in March 2009, for which he was sentenced to probation, records show.

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Gavin Stone

Staff Writer