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Fugitive pulled from underneath house



Staff Writer


A Gaston County K-9 unit aided Lincoln County deputies and federal authorities in pulling a Kings Mountain fugitive from beneath an area home Thursday morning where the suspect had allegedly been hiding from law enforcement officials.

Ricky Lewis Carroll Jr., 26, of 105 First St., told authorities not to take him alive, a press release said.

Carroll, who is wanted on various charges in Cleveland and Gaston counties, had been staying at a mobile home on the 400 block of Lineberger Rd. in Lincolnton, deputies said.

Lincoln County authorities charged him with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

Three others were arrested Thursday and each jailed under $2,000 secured bonds. Taylor R. Wilhelm, 19, of 107 Diana Road in Cherryville, Jessica Ann Bowen, 24, of 108 Churchill Drive in Kings Mountain, and Jeremy Shane Huffman, 23, of 491 Lineberger Road in Lincolnton, each face one misdemeanor count of harboring a fugitive, deputies said.

Huffman’s since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center while Bowen and Wilhelm remain behind bars.

Carroll has at least six felony convictions on his record, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. His charges date back to 2003 and span Cleveland, Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties. Offenses include two instances of larceny of a motor vehicle, possessing stolen goods, receiving a stolen vehicle, speeding to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon on government officers and employees. Carroll additionally has four misdemeanors to his name for speeding, unlawful racing, possessing stolen goods and simple assault/affray.

Carroll has since been turned over to Cleveland County authorities.

The United States Marshals Service also assisted with Thursday’s arrests, and Emergency Medical Services responded to the home to treat Carroll for dog bites.


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