Robbery suspect breaks into apartment, sparking standoff in China Grove

Police surround an apartment in China Grove during a standoff Friday morning. A robbery suspect broke into an apartment after a police chase. The resident had left for work and wasn’t home at the time. (Shavonne Potts/Salisbury Post)
Police surround an apartment in China Grove during a standoff Friday morning. A robbery suspect broke into an apartment after a police chase. The resident had left for work and wasn’t home at the time. (Shavonne Potts/Salisbury Post)

CHINA GROVE — Tactical teams surrounded an apartment building after a robbery suspect broke into a home following a police chase this morning.

The standoff ended about 7:25 a.m. when the suspect gave himself up after talking with a police negotiator, said China Grove Police Chief Eddie Kluttz.


James Lee “Mugsy” Jackson Jr., 25, of Shue Road, China Grove, was taken into custody. He had a cut to his finger but he was otherwise not injured, police said.

The standoff began after the Rushco on U.S. 29 was robbed about 5:10 a.m.

A Landis Police officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle shortly after the robbery and a chase began. The pursuit ended near an apartment building on Second Avenue.

Kluttz said Jackson had a weapon when he got out of the car and police fired two shots, neither hitting the suspect. The man then broke into a nearby apartment unit.

The apartment was empty because the resident had already left for work, authorities said.

The special response team from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office was called in and officers surrounded the building. Two apartments and a house were evacuated during the standoff.

Kluttz said Jackson had recently been released from custody by the N.C. Department of Corrections. Jackson has previous convictions involving arrests for drugs, driving infractions and assault charges.

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