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Henderson larceny suspects held at gunpoint until police arrive

Posted July 14, 2011

— Two Henderson men suspected of larceny were held at gunpoint Wednesday by a person at the scene until police could arrive, authorities said.

Officers arrived at 500 Alexander Ave. and found Sherman West, 30, of 490 Faucet Lane, and Carroll Davis, 22, of 35 Dee Ave., being detained at gunpoint by a person whose name was not released.

West and Davis are accused of damaging metal straps holding a load of shingles in an attempt to steal them, police said. The shingles were on a trailer belonging to Mason Dixon Trucking Company.

Both men were charged with second-degree trespassing and injury to personal property. Davis, who was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, was being held on a $2,000 secured bond. West was being held on a $1,500 bond.


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  • nurse1703 Jul 15, 2011

    Great job by the citizen. another example of proper gun use. Gun laws are not for the crimonal but the honest man/woman.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jul 15, 2011

    "The cop transported him (to jail I assume) but I never heard anything else from the justice system."

    Hey TWC, did that happen in NC? I wonder if he even took him to jail?

    Kudos to this citizen who made sure these perps didn't scurry away into the woodwork which they certainly would have done had he waited for the police to arrive to handle it...they can't be everywhere...

  • Six String Jul 15, 2011

    It's hard to argue with this one, but RebelYell makes a really good point with his example of the irrigation pipes. A weapon is not a solution, just a tool and if you don't have training and enough knowledge of the law, sooner or later you're going to get yourself in trouble.

  • Tax Man Jul 15, 2011

    Great work by a law abiding citizen with a gun. Congratulations on helping solve this crime! Give that person a medal - and a reward.

  • Glass Half Full Jul 15, 2011

    It's a shame what people will do for drug money. Was at a pharmacy recently listening to a man and woman in line talking about stealing something to get the copper out of it. Sure enough, when he stepped to the counter he bought medicine with pseudoephedrine in it. Not surprised as he was acting like he was jacked up on something while in the line. I'm all for protecting one's property. If you don't, who will?

  • twc Jul 15, 2011

    Note to thieves: some people won't consider whether they are within their rights until after they shoot you!

  • North Carolina Home Jul 15, 2011

    "That is most likely why crime is at a low in N.C. Crooks don't know who is Armed and who is not" bowslinger70

    I agree. Responsible gun owners abide by all of the rules and responsibilities of gun ownership. We regularly qualify at ranges and have required permits to own and carry. The numbers of single females that are signing up for training classes is amazing as well as the gun shops that are having problems getting stock to keep up with the demand.

    Apparently the public is becoming increasingly aware that it is the right and responsibility to protect ourselves since criminals have no fear of being punished by a crippled judicial system and a penal system with revolving doors.

  • twc Jul 15, 2011

    Firegal, how do you determine if it's a felony? What if it is a misdemeanor?

  • twc Jul 15, 2011

    I caught someone breaking into my deceased mother's home and held him until the police arrived. I was armed but did not point the weapon fortunately. The cop that responded to the 911 was sympathetic to the perp because the perp said he was breaking in because he was hungry.

    The cop even asked the perp if I had threatened him. He also asked him if I had pointed the gun at him. The only thing the cop didn't do was call him honey. After all was said and done I think I was perceived as the bad guy.

    The cop transported him (to jail I assume) but I never heard anything else from the justice system.

  • Just another bad guy Jul 15, 2011

    Stealing shingles? They are pretty heavy and of fairly low value.