Report: 71-year-old woman chases off 21-year-old burglar

  • Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:04 p.m.
Joshua Clark
Joshua Clark

Authorities say a 21-year-old would-be burglar was chased from a home near China Grove on Wednesday— by a 71-year-old woman.

Joshua Dimitri Clark, of Dulin Avenue in Salisbury, is charged with three counts of breaking and entering, one count of larceny, one count of larceny of a firearm, one count of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and a parole violation. 


Clark was ordered held with no bond on the parole violation and given a $50,000 secured bond on the other charges. 

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a burglar alarm around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 200 block of Menius Road.

The victim’s 71--year-old mother — who lives nearby — told deputies she’d chased a man from the crawl space door into nearby woods, and almost caught him.

“As the victim’s mother chased the suspect towards the woods, the suspect turned around and said, ‘Leave me alone grand maw, I’m going to school.’  The victim’s mother replied, ‘Not with that gun you’re not.’” a Sheriff’s Office press release said. 

The victim’s mother described to deputies the man’s appearance and clothing and told them he was carrying some type of rifle. 

Interviewing the victim, deputies learned she had a Toyota RAV 4 stolen from her house the previous week, along with additional items. 

Deputies used a K-9 to track the suspect and located a man matching the description provided by the victim’s mother and father about one-half mile from the Menius Road home. 

Deputies brought the man, Joshua Clark, back to the Menius road home, where the witnesseses identified him as the burglar.

During questioning, Clark told deputies the location of the stolen Toyota RAV4, which was parked at a vacant house on North Main Street in Salisbury, the press release said.

Clark also admitted to breaking into the house on Menius Road, as well as other locations.  Deputies subsequently recovered a shotgun. 

Clark was released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections on Aug. 8 from a March 28 conviction in Cabarrus County for breaking and entering.  Clark also has a felony conviction in Rowan County in 2010 for felony forgery of an instrument.

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