Three suspects have been charged with dragging a local man down the street by his hair and robbing him of more than $1,000 Wednesday afternoon on the southwestern end of the city, deputies said.
Dalton Chase Scronce, 18, and Ashton Elizabeth Stanley, 26, both of 928 White Street, along with Matthew Joel Franklin, 32, of Greenville, Tenn., are accused of dragging Larry Bradshaw Jr., of Lincolnton, out of his vehicle and down White Street in Lincolnton sometime after 1 p.m., stealing his keys and taking $1,500 from him, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. One of the suspects also threatened the victim with a BB gun, deputies said.
Bradshaw had been dropping two of the suspects off at their White Street residence when the incident occurred, according to an agency press release. In addition, the suspects knew beforehand that Bradshaw was going to cash a check for a large sum of money, the release said.
Immediately following the assault and robbery, Bradshaw contacted 911 about the incident, police said.
Deputies and police responded to look for the suspects in an area near South Grove Street Extension, where Bradshaw said they fled. They soon extended their search to include the area near Lincolnton’s Betty G. Ross Park and Carolina Mills Circle, apprehending at least one suspect by 3 p.m., the release said.
Each individual faces one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Deputies additionally charged Scronce with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Franklin and Stanley each received an extra charge for conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Franklin also sits behind bars for one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
Both Franklin and Stanley remain in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, Franklin under a $50,000 secured bond and Stanley under a $35,000 secured bond. Scronce has since posted a $9,500 secured bond, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Stanley has a history of common law forgery in the county in 2006, according to public records on the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
Deputies with the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division and Adam and Baker patrol districts are credited with Wednesday’s investigation and arrests. Lincolnton Police Department assisted with the initial search.