Tuesday, 08 January 2019 08:16

Three Suspects Arrested By Multiple Agencies In Connection To Armed Robbery

L-R: Anthony Lechez Drayton and Shawnteza Lashay Sherman (Photo of Delana Cineta Young not available) L-R: Anthony Lechez Drayton and Shawnteza Lashay Sherman (Photo of Delana Cineta Young not available) Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

24-year-old Anthony Lechez Drayton, 34-year-old Shawnteza Lashay Sherman, and 34-year-old Delana Cineta Young, all of Greenville, S.C., were arrested Monday (January 7) by Conover Police, the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, and Newton Police. Drayton and Sherman are each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Young is charged with aid and abet armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, and injury to personal property.

Monday shortly after 10:00 p.m., Newton Police received information regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Skill Games on Conover Boulevard West. The suspect vehicle was a black Camaro last seen traveling east on Conover Boulevard toward Northwest Boulevard (U.S. 321 Business). The suspects were described as two black males and a black female and were considered armed.

A short time later, a Newton patrol officer spotted a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description traveling south on Southwest Boulevard (U.S. 321 Business) before turning right on N.C. Highway 10 west. The officer followed the vehicle for a short distance and confirmed it was occupied by multiple subjects. He initiated a vehicle stop with the assistance of additional officers.

The vehicle stop occurred at the Valero gas station on West N.C. Highway 10. Two women exited the vehicle at the gas pumps where the vehicle had stopped. They were ordered to place their hands on top of the car by the officer. Additional Newton officers and deputies from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist in securing the suspects. Officers noticed two men in the vehicle. When the door was opened, a rifle was discovered between the door and the front passenger seat. The weapon was secured and the suspects were removed from the vehicle. One suspect tried to run but was quickly caught.

After the suspects were secured, a large amount of cash and three additional guns were found inside the vehicle. A Jennings semi-automatic pistol was found in the front passenger seat. A Taurus semi-automatic and Springfield Arms semi-automatic were found in the glove compartment. The rifle that was removed was a pellet rifle that was stolen during the robbery from the Skill Games. Investigators from the Conover Police Department arrived to process the vehicle and interview the suspects.

All three suspects were confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 secured bond. They were all scheduled to appear in District Court today (January 8).

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