Break-in suspects caughter after chase

Published 9:26 am Thursday, January 14, 2016

A wild car chase Monday morning ended an at least two-day crime spree in Davie County for three young men from Winston-Salem.

It started Sunday morning, when the Davie County Sheriff’s Department received multiple calls about house break-ins on roads off US 158 from the Forsyth County line to Mocksville.

A couple of witnesses saw the suspects, another got a description of the 2016 Toyota including a license plate number. The car had been reported stolen on Jan. 7 in Winston-Salem.

Jewelry, guns and electronics were the main targets, but it appeared the suspects were taking anything that could be re-sold, said Sheriff’s Det. Chad Hemmings.

It turns out that Forsyth County authorities were also looking for the suspects, and had a chase of their own prior to losing them on Sunday.

Come Monday morning, they were at it again.

Then a call came in about a suspicious vehicle off Cedar Grove Church Road in the Fork community. The vehicle description and tag number matched that of the suspects.

An officer in the area noticed the car traveling in the opposite direction, headed toward Mocksville on US 64 East. Another officer got behind the vehicle and when the blue lights and siren were activated, the vehicle took off, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph on Merrells Lake Road, Williams Road and Cornatzer Road.

Sheriff’s Chief J.D. Hartman doesn’t know for sure how many officers became involved. All departments in the sheriff’s office were on duty, and the highway patrol and Mocksville police also helped.

Officers put out spike strips on US 64 near Joe Road, and the suspects, headed east again, ran over the strip, flattening the tires. They still didn’t stop, and smoke was flying as they continued to travel at an alarmingly high rate of speed, Hartman said.

The suspects wheeled the car into the parking lot at Fork Baptist Church. The lot was full of vehicles, people paying their last respects at a funeral, which was beginning to let out as the chase stopped there.

Three suspects fled on foot in different directions, and were soon apprehended. Other officers headed to the church to keep people inside until it was safe to leave.

One of the officers involved in the chase said one of the suspects pointed a gun at them, Hartman said. Inside the car were items reported stolen from a home on Buck Seaford Road, on the other side of Mocksville, earlier that morning.

None of the suspects are “talking,” Hartman said, but all have violent criminal histories. One had warrants for his arrest from two other counties. Another is a cousin to a suspect in a shootout off Liberty Church Road last November.

“We appreciate everyone’s cooperation, and apologize for any interruptions at the funeral,” Hartman said.

Charged with possession of a stolen car, and four counts of breaking and entering and felony larceny, were:

• Jharee Jquan Ingram, 18;

• William Andrew Mitchell, 23; and

• Rayvon Marquis Flowers, 22.

All were taken into custody in lieu of a $57,500 bond each, pending Jan. 21 appearances in Davie District Court. Many more charges are expected, Hartman said.