Salisbury men charged after police respond to fight on MLK Avenue

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 23, 2013

By Shavonne Potts
Police charged two Salisbury men Monday night after responding to a fight in the street involving more than a dozen people. Officers also seized marijuana and two handguns.
Salisbury Police charged Tasman Jamal Stockdale, 23, of the 2300 block Statesville Boulevard, with carrying a concealed weapon and simple possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors. Tyree Malik Thompson, 21, of the 100 block of Celtic Circle, was charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon.
The officer went to the 500 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue where 15 people were in the street standing in the roadway. When the officer pulled up someone jumped out of the rear passenger’s seat of a Gold Lexus and ran. The officer was not able to stop the person. The front-seat passenger, later identified as Thompson, tried to run but the officer was able to stop him.
Stockdale, who was driving the vehicle, also tried to leave the scene, but was stopped, a report said.
People on a nearby porched yelled that there were guns inside the vehicle. A report said Stockdale attempted to reach toward the floorboard. The officer drew her gun and ordered him to show his hands and step out of the vehicle. He complied, but when Stockdale got out of the car a plastic bag containing a half-ounce of marijuana was sticking out of his boot.
Police searched the vehicle and found a .380-caliber handgun and a 9 mm handgun in the glove compartment.
Stockdale was charged in April with spray painting a wall at Friendly’s convenience store and was convicted in July of defacing the property. In 2008, he was convicted of assaulting a school official. Thompson is expected in court regarding 2008 charges for robbery with a dangerous weapon, as well as a number of recent traffic charges for hit and run failing to stop for property damage, driving while impaired, resisting arrest, not having a driver’s license and an automatic 30-day license revocation.
Thompson remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,500 bond.
Stockdale has since been released from the jail under a $2,500 bond.