One of ‘Most Wanted’ captured

Published 9:49 am Thursday, May 11, 2017

A man on the run for 13 months was captured last week at a Cooleemee residence, and two other people were charged with helping to keep his whereabouts hidden.

Kenneth Shepherd, who had been on Davie Probation/Parole’s “Most Wanted” list, was arrested on May 2.

Davie Sheriff’s officers assisted parole officers at a residence on Davie Street, said Sheriff J.D. Hartman. Shepherd was considered dangerous because of a violent history.

Officers learned that Shepherd was hiding at the residence with stolen weapons. When officers spoke to Melvin Lomax and Julia Robinson at the residence, they said Shepherd was not there, Hartman said.

Probation officers had the authority to search the residence, and saw a person hiding on the floor between a bed and the wall when they entered a bedroom. The person refused commands to show his hands or come out.

“The person then started acting like he was attempting to get an object out from under his side and officers attempted to take physical custody,” Hartman said. “He resisted the officers and after a short struggle, was taken into custody.”

Shepherd was taken into custody with no bond allowed. He was also served warrants from Cabarrus County for the unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Lomax and Robinson were each charged with felony harboring an escapee.