Media Releases & Updates

MEDIA RELEASES:


July 13, 2018

RE:  Anniversary of the shooting death of Shaun Holmes

ORIGINAL INCIDENT:  7/17/2017, Approximately 5:00pm, 311 Winona St, Shooting Death of Shaun Holmes

NARRATIVE:

As we near the anniversary of the shooting death of 19-year old Shaun Holmes, Statesville Police Chief Barone reassures the Holmes family and the entire community that the Statesville Police Department is dedicated to the successful arrest and prosecution of those involved in this murder.

“The Violent Crime Collaborative and all of its local, state and federal resources are working tirelessly on reducing violent crime,” said Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone. “Our commitment can be seen by the steady closures of violent crime cases over the past six months with more frequent arrests of those responsible and successful prosecutions.”

Although Barone cannot speak on specifics about the active investigation of the Holmes’ case, Barone stressed that violent crime cases are a priority, and again asks anyone with information about the case to contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime-Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.


July 12, 2018

RE: Violent Crime Collaborative’s efforts continue to pay off with guilty plea in Superior Court

NARRATIVE:

STATESVILLE, NC: The Violent Crimes Collaborative has been working since January, through aggressive investigation and multi-jurisdictional sharing of resources and information, to address the surge in violent criminal activity that occurred in our community at the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Their efforts are continuing to pay off as they, along with the District Attorney’s office, had another major conviction this week in Superior Court. Chance Jamison was charged in connection to multiple shots fired and armed robbery incidents occurring from August 2017 through March 2018; On July 11, 2018, he pled guilty to felony charges.

Chance Jalieb Jamison, 17yo of 11th St Statesville, pled guilty to two (2) counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, one (1) count of Discharging a Firearm into Occupied Property and one (1) count of Possession of 5 or more Counterfeit Instruments.

Assistant District Attorney Mikko Red Arrow updated SPD that the defendant, Jamison, received two (2) consecutive 31 – 50 months active sentences, followed by consecutive 25-42 months and 16-29 months suspended sentences, with supervised probation (read: a minimum of 62 months active incarceration with a minimum of 41 months supervised probation upon release from active sentences).

Statesville PD appreciates the continued hard work and cooperation of the District Attorney’s office for helping ensure the successful prosecution of violent and frequent offenders. Identifying, locating and arresting suspects is only half the battle. Our responsibility and accountability to victims, their family and justice for our community extends from the investigation and arrest all the way through to a successful conviction. We look forward to continuing a productive and close relationship with the DA’s office as we work together to bring successful prosecution and convictions as an end to the other violent crime cases that remain active.


July 11, 2018

RE: Third Suspect Charged in Connection to January 9th Shooting on Caldwell St

DATE:  June 19, 2018

NARRATIVE:

Earlier today, Wednesday July 11, 2018, outstanding warrants were served on Geneva Moneek Caldwell. She was arrested in Winston Salem, NC by members of the Winston Salem VCAT Team, members of the Statesville Violent Crime Collaborative and the NC SBI.

She is charged with 4 counts of attempted murder, 3 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into occupied property and discharging a firearm in city limits for the shooting that occurred on January 09, 2018 at 1020 Caldwell Street, Statesville NC.

She was transported back to Statesville NC where she was taken before Magistrate Nethken and received a $2,000,000.00 secured bond.


July 9, 2018

RE: Suspect Charged in Breaking and Entering of Front Street Baptist Church

ORIGINAL INCIDENT:  06/20/2018, 3:15am, Front Street Baptist Church, W Front St. Statesville

NARRATIVE:

STATESVILLE, NC: On June 20, 2018, Statesville Police Department received a call regarding a breaking and entering incident that had occurred at Front Street Baptist Church during the overnight hours. The suspect gained entry to the rear of the church and was captured on several security cameras throughout the building, eventually forcing open a locked office door and stealing over $800 in Offering money.

SPD Investigators obtained the video footage and developed a suspect from the surveillance images. On July 5, 2018, an officer was reviewing the surveillance images and noted a strong similarity between the suspect and a person that he had arrested earlier that morning for narcotics violations. The suspect was still in the custody of Iredell County Jail and investigators were able to definitively match the suspect in the images to Travis Robert Wade, 29 W/M of Goble Rd, Statesville, NC.

Wade was charged with felonious breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny and taken before Magistrate Chambers who set a $15,000 secured bond.

In addition to the charges from the 6/20/18 breaking and entering incident, Wade was served an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor larceny that occurred on 6/25/18. Wade is also facing charges of Resist/Delay/Obstruct for providing a false name and date of birth during the drug violation investigation from 7/5/18 for which he was arrested and charged with PWISD Counterfeit Controlled Substance, Felony Maintaining a Vehicle and Poss. Drug Paraphernalia.


July 7, 2018

RE: Charges Filed in Connection to January 9th Shooting on Caldwell St, Statesville

ORIGINAL INCIDENT:  January 9, 2018, Approximately 4:00am, Caldwell St. Statesville

NARRATIVE:

STATESVILLE, NC: Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone has announced charges filed against two suspects involved in the January 9, 2018, shootings on Caldwell St. On Thursday, July 5, 2018, the SPD’s Violent Crime Collaborative charged Enrico Dewoine Heggins, 34, West 11th St., Winston Salem, and Rayka Sade Ellis, 24, of Overbrook Rd, Salisbury for their involvement in the shooting.

Heggins is charged with four counts of attempted homicide, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm in the city limits. Ellis was charged as an accessory before the fact in connection with the shooting.

Heggins is currently in custody in Davie County following a January raid by Davie County Sheriff's Office on a motel room during which large quantities of narcotics and firearms were found. He was charged with murder and conspiracy for the January 6th homicide of Freeman Jacobi Wells. Heggins was issued an additional $1 million secured bond for the new charges.

Ellis was arrested in Rowan County by members of the Collaborative, transported to the Iredell County Jail, where a magistrate set a $100,000 secured bond.

Last January, more than 60 rounds were fired into the Caldwell St. dwelling, injuring three people, including a nine-year old girl who has had multiple surgeries. “The Collaborative’s efforts in this investigation have been tremendous,” said Barone. “I appreciate their work every day, but especially when it results in the successful arrests of suspects.”

These are the first charges filed in connection to the shooting on Caldwell Street and the Collaborative reports that there will be additional suspects charged at a later date.


June 19, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

RE: Statesville Police Arrests Suspect in Police Officer Shooting
For more information, contact Nancy Davis at 704-878-3586

DATE:  June 19, 2018

NARRATIVE:

Statesville Police have arrested Keith Eugene Lackey, 21, of Statesville, in the shooting of SPD Officer Tyler Horn on June 15, 2018.  Lackey is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, two counts assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

The arrest came today about 11:15 a.m., at 212 Island Ford Rd., Statesville.  Lackey was taken to the SPD for processing and then transported to the Iredell County Jail where bond was set at $3 million.

SPD Chief Joe Barone praised the manner in which his department and the SBI conducted the investigation.  “The shooting unsettled both the community and my officers.  We conducted a very thorough investigation, canvassed the neighborhood, questioned residents … But we also understand that when a shooting occurs – especially one in which a police officer is hit – the situation can be tense.

“I commend both our officers and the community for working together.  The community’s cooperation was of great help in obtaining the information we needed to develop a suspect and make today’s arrest,” said Barone. 

“The fact that this is a dangerous job is never from the minds of our officers and their families.  But we patrol and serve this community every single day,” said Barone, who described Friday night as being very stressful for everyone involved.  “I got the phone call that one of my officers had been shot and my heart sunk.  We are like family here and their welfare is important to me.  I can’t thank them enough for the job they do for our city.”



June 18, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

RE: Eight Suspects Apprehended by Statesville Police in January 2018 Murder Case
For more information, contact Nancy Davis at 704-878-3586

DATE:  June 18, 2018

NARRATIVE:
STATESVILLE, NC:  Statesville Police, together with numerous state, federal and local law enforcement agencies, made eight arrests today related to the homicide of Freeman Jacobi Wells, 30, who was shot in Statesville earlier this year.

Statesville Chief Joe Barone said the arrests are a culmination of “unknown hours by numerous officers and staff” to build a sustainable case against the suspects. Earlier this morning, special teams served the warrants in multiple jurisdictions, with most of the arrests being made in Statesville. Barone said the arrests were made without incident. (Suspect information and charges are listed separately below)

“These individuals have caused a lot of turmoil in this area,” said SBI Special Agent In Charge R.C. Laws. “The community has been indirect victims of these violent crimes.”

Barone added that these arrests will have a direct impact on the “violent crime activity in Statesville and neighboring communities … Trust me, these arrests are a good thing.” Wells, who was shot on January 6, 2018, in a residence on Hickory Ave. Wells died the next day after being taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

He said that the thoroughness of the investigation and the partnership, specifically the “outstanding assistance received from the SBI as well as the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement and Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco … caused the street sweep operation … to go very smoothly.”

Laws said this multi-jurisdiction operation involves many agencies and officers “joined in a common purpose to have great community impact. We (the SBI) know that these partnerships are very important to our citizens.”

Barone assembled the Statesville Violent Crime Collaborative about six months ago, following several shootings in Statesville. As the cases were investigated, it was determined that many of the suspects were related to cases in other communities. In addition to the state and federal agencies, local law enforcement departments from Greensboro, Davie County, Mooresville, Salisbury and Rowan County were brought in to work together on the investigations. “We anticipate that today’s arrests will lead to additional arrests in this area,” said Barone.

Suspects have been taken to the Iredell County Jail where bond will be set. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

 Suspects Arrested Today with Charges:

Anagee Chambers, 18, 503 Fall St., Statesville, NC, first degree murder; Anthony Jamall Caldwell, 23, 902 Ninth St., Statesville, NC, first degree murder; Rick Rashond Chambers, 25, 902 Ninth St., Statesville, NC, first degree murder; Jatavius Raheem Bowman, 22, 902 Ninth St., Statesville, NC, first degree murder; Kevin Dontae Turner, 25, 542 Davis St., Statesville, NC, first degree murder; Marquis O’Bryan Peet, 28, 378 Midland St., Statesville, NC, first degree murder; Katisha Maria Bowman, 27, 922 Unity Dr., Statesville, NC, accessory after the fact to the felony of murder; and Fredrick Anthony Cherry, 22, of Statesville and currently in custody in Alexander County on unrelated charges, first degree murder.

Suspects already charged in connection to this homicide:

Enrico Dewione Heggins of Winston-Salam, first degree murder; Antwon Deon Taylor, of Statesville, first degree murder; and Kasey Allen Randol, of Statesville, first degree murder.


May 30, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE

RE:  Third Suspect Connected to January 6th Wells’ Homicide Charged with Murder

DATE:  May 29, 2018

UPDATE NARRATIVE:

STATESVILLE, NC: On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, members of the Violent Crimes Collaborative arrested Kasey Allen Randol, charging him with murder in connection to the January 6th homicide of Freeman Jacobi Wells.  Randol is the third suspect charged with murder in connection to this case, following the arrest of Antwon Taylor on May 17th, and the charges filed in March on Enrico Heggins. 

Randol is being held without bond at the Iredell County Jail. 

The Violent Crimes Collaborative reports that the case remains active and further charges will be filed in the future as the investigation continues.