3 arrested after armed robbery, wreck, chase, another wreck
Published 8:29 am Thursday, September 14, 2023
By Mike Barnhardt
Two adults and a juvenile were taken into custody after an armed robbery, wreck and chase from Davie Sheriff’s Office deputies early Tuesday afternoon.
The incident ended when the suspects crashed their vehicle into a brick planter at East Depot and Railroad streets in Mocksville at about 12:25 p.m.
Davie Sheriff J.D. Hartman said the crime spree started when the three robbed a woman sitting in her vehicle on Sunset Drive, just off US 158.
Soon after that, the suspects were involved in a hit-and-run accident at US 158 and Sain Road, an incident in which they pointed guns at the other motorist, Hartman said.
The Jeep operated by the suspects was stopped by deputies soon after that at Valley Road and US 64 West. The suspects would not leave the vehicle and fled from the deputies in the Jeep.
“The suspects aggressively feld from deputies and at the intersection of East Depot Street and Railroad Street, the suspect’s Jeep collided with a brick divider and came to a stop,” Hartman said. The suspects then backed the Jeep into a sheriff’s patrol vehicle.
The suspects were taken into custody, and three firearms were recovered, two in the Jeep and one on the side of the road, the sheriff reported.
• John Jahsean Thomas, 24, of Charlotte, was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy, assault by pointing a gun, possession of a stolen firearm, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances, felony possession of marijuana, hit and run causing property damage, felony speeding to elude arrest, driving on an expired license, careless and reckless driving, failure to maintain lane control, wanton disregard for public safety, running a stop light, speeding 70 mph in a 30 mph zone, and contributing to the deliquency of a minor. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond, with a first-appearance hearing scheduled for Sept. 21 in Davie District Court.
• Lawrence Minus, 27, of Statesville, was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy, assault by pointing a gun, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, and contributing to the deliquency of a minor. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $90,000 bond, pending a Sept. 21 appearance in Davie District Court.
• A 16-year-old juvenile was also taken into custody and charged on a juvenile petition with armed robbery, conspiracy, assault by pointing a gun, possession of a stolen firearm, and felony possession of marijuana.
The investigation is ongoing at this time, and anyone with information is asked to call the Davie
County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 336-751-6238 or email@example.com.