Anson Middle School went on lockdown last Wednesday afternoon due to the possibility of a shooting suspect in the area.
Major Charlie Little with the Anson County Sheriff’s Department said that no threat level had been assigned and that the lockdown was a precautionary measure. “We want to take care of kids,” he said.
Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said that the violence began when a victim’s car was stolen during a home invasion on the night of May 7 in Mecklenburg County. Later, the Stanly County Sheriff’s Department resonded to a call about a home invasion and assault in Cabarrus County around 3 a.m. on Wednesday during which the stolen car was seen but no suspects were found, according to WCNC in Charlotte.
A few hours later, at about 7 a.m. on Wednesday, a victim was carjacked in the Midland area, according to WCNC’s website. Later, a vehicle matching the description was seen on Highway 24/27 but when Stanly County Deputies began a traffic stop the vehicle fled with two occupants. A deputy later spotted a man in an open field south of Albemarle near Stoney Gap Road and the Stanly County Fairgrounds but the man fired a handgun and stole a vehicle. He exchanged fire with a second deputy before fleeing south on Highway 52, according to WCNC.
During the chase, the suspect crashed inside the Anson County line on Highway 52. Jarvis Terez Marsh, 30, was taken into custody and transported to Stanly County Hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound. He is being held on parole violations but other charges are pending, according to WCNC.
The second suspect was last seen in the area of Stony Gap Road and Highway 52 South. Sheriff Allen said there were several alleged sightings of the man in the area around Anson Middle School. That individual was being questioned at the Sheriff’s Office as of 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, but the suspect remains at large.
“We got a call that suspicious person came out of the woods in that area,” Sheriff Allen said Wednesday afternoon. “That person is in custody now. We don’t know for sure if he’s the suspect or not.”
The Anson County Sheriff’s Deparment placed Anson Middle School on lockdown as a precautionary measure. No other schools were affected.
The man authorities are still searching for was still at large as of press time. He was identified by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office as Robert Lamarr Smith, 23, of Morven. Authorities believe Smith may be in Morven, or in Cabarrus or Stanly counties, or perhaps South Carolina.
The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office said Smith has tattoos on the back of his hands — one says “they” and the other “know.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to Smith’s arrest.