Salisbury teen charged with robbery at laundromat; second person sought

Published 1:59 pm Friday, March 31, 2017

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — Police are looking for a person who robbed and attacked two people early this morning at an Avalon Drive laundromat. A Salisbury teen has been charged in the incident and remains in the Rowan County jail.

Salisbury Police say two men were inside the Super Speed Wash, 124 Avalon Drive, after 2 a.m. when they got into a verbal, then physical, altercation with two people who walked into the business and began kicking the machines.

Brian Tajuante Kesler, 18, of the 1500 block of North Main Street, was charged with felony common law robbery. He remains jailed under a $20,000 secured bond.

Police said the victim, Richard Miller, told them he and his friend Timothy Fisher got into a physical altercation with the suspects. Fisher took off running away from one of the suspects, spotted an officer near the Verizon Wireless store and flagged her down. The officer was quickly able to apprehend Kesler who was still involved in a physical fight with Miller.

Capt. Shelia Lingle said Kesler and the other suspect threatened the two men with a gun, but never produced one. Police said no handgun was ever found. Richard Miller had a backpack that was taken and not recovered. Neither Miller nor Fisher were injured during the scuffle.

Lingle said officers asked Kesler who the other person was with him, but he did not provide any details.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.