Sheriff: Salisbury man attempts to run from court is Tasered, placed in chokehold

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Authorities say they had to use a Taser to subdue a man who tried to run from court after a judge increased his bond.
The man was in Rowan County District Court, accused of violating a domestic violence protective order and failure to appear.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Nathan Charles Latta, 25, of the 100 block of Myers Place, with resist, obstruct, delay an officer; injury to personal property, disorderly conduct and escape from a county or city confinement facility, all of which are misdemeanors.
The incident occurred Monday morning in District Court before Judge Beth Dixon. She increased Latta’s bond to $100,000 and officials said he took off running. A man in the spectator area tackled Latta, a report said.
Two deputies wrestled with Latta to get him into handcuffs and he began to fight with them.
One officer deployed his Taser, but Latta continued to struggle, the report said.
Another deputy placed Latta in a chokehold and he was Tasered again, but still did not comply with the deputies.
Several officers joined in the fracas and were finally able to subdue Latta. One deputy’s glasses were knocked off and damaged in the melee. Latta remains in the Rowan County Detention Center, now under $500,000 bond.
He was stopped by authorities on Sept. 12 during a traffic stop. At the time the woman who obtained the protective order against him was inside the car with Latta, a report said. Latta was arrested and held for an automatic 48-hour hold because of the domestic nature of the case.
Latta will also appear in court in October for a pending child abuse case. He was charged a month ago with child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. Latta is currently on probation for a February 2012 conviction of drug possession in Iredell County. He has been convicted of burning personal property, common law robbery, possession of stolen goods, assault and battery, and larceny.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.