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East Spencer man charged with murder is also charged in Asheville stabbing

Additional charges

Malik Eric Johnson is wanted on a murder charge and now charges of stabbing a woman.

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — An East Spencer man charged with the Aug. 12 murder of Jeffrey Allen Ramsey Jr. has also been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of an Asheville woman on Monday, the Asheville Police Department confirmed.

Asheville police investigators were called at 7:50 a.m. Monday to Whitefawn Drive after a stabbing was reported. They found Tonnica S. Reid, 22, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Asheville police could not confirm how many times Reid was stabbed.

She was taken to Mission Health Hospital in Asheville, where she was stabilized. Her condition was not immediately available.

Asheville investigators said Malik Eric Johnson, 21, was charged with first-degree attempted murder for the assault on Reid. Her vehicle and personal items were also stolen. Investigators believe that Reid and Johnson were in a relationship, but Asheville police did not provide details. The investigation is ongoing.

Asheville police worked in cooperation with the Salisbury Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation to locate Johnson. He was taken into custody just outside Spencer, where he was found with Reid’s vehicle.

Johnson, of the 100 block of West Spencer Street, East Spencer, is accused of shooting Ramsey in the parking lot of Three Stars Mini Mart on North Main Street near Henderson Independent High School in Salisbury.

Salisbury police received information Monday that Johnson was at 112 Springhill Drive in Spencer. Police surrounded the home, made contact with Johnson, and, after a short time, he came out of the residence.

He is also accused of taking a black bag that belonged to Ramsey.

Ramsey was shot once in the chest and taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center by private vehicle. He died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Salisbury police say Ramsey and the driver of a vehicle met Johnson in the parking lot of the convenience store. An argument ensued, and Ramsey was shot.

Johnson remains in the Rowan County Detention Center without bond.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.



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