Group charged after police break up fight

Jacquavius Whisonant
Jacquavius Whisonant

Authorities charged a group of people with drug possession and other offenses after breaking up a fight Thursday night near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Cherry Street.

Salisbury Police say the incident occurred about p.m. and involved about 11 people. No reason was given about why the group was fighting.


When officers tried to disperse the crowd, one person ran away and was later caught and identified as Jacquavius Raquan Whisonant, 17, of the 1200 block of Bell Street, Salisbury. He was located behind building at South Clay Street, a department report said.

Whisonant was charged with misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay and officer. He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $500 bond.

Others who were charged:

• Brian Alan Cuthbertson, 17, of the 400 block of South Long Street, Salisbury, with misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver. He received a $5,000 secured bond and remains in the county jail.

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said offices seized an 8-inch bladed knife in its sheath and five small bags containing marijuana.

• Daquan Cornelius Lewis, 18, of the 1300 block of Hillsboro Street, Salisbury, with simple possession of marijuana and second-degree trespassing, both misdemeanors. Lewis was issued a $3,000 secured bond. He has since bee released from the county detention center.

• Jateare Vincent McNeal, 20, of the 900 block of North Jackson Street, Salisbury, with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree trespass, both misdemeanors.

Officers found 15 bags of marijuana on McNeal along with a medicine bottle that contained two small bags of marijuana.

McNeal was convicted of breaking and entering, simple assault, drug possession, assault/threats against a government official and assault on an officer. He remains in the county jail. He was issued a $5,000 secured bond.

• Jaqueline Alonzo, 17, of the 100 block of Walnut Cove Drive, Salisbury, with misdemeanor disorderly conduct/disturbing the peace.

She remains in the county jail under a $500 secured bond.

Police confiscated a total of less than an ounce of marijuana, much of which was individually packaged. Police also recovered three handguns — a 22-caliber, .357-calibre and a .380-caliber, Lingle said.

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