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Brothers charged with robbery, weapons offense after drug deal


Jordon Clayton Smith

Jace Bradley King

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — Two Salisbury brothers have been charged with robbery and a weapons offense after a deal to buy marijuana.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Jace Bradley King, 19, and Jordon Clayton Smith, 16, with robbery with a dangerous weapon and shooting into an occupied dwelling. The teenagers have since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center, each under a $5,000 secured bond.

On Nov. 8, a deputy went to a Verlen Drive home and spoke with Michael Gould Jr., who told them he received a message from King about buying marijuana on the social media site Snapchat. The deal was set up, and King showed up with Smith, according to sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford.

Gould said he knew Smith as “Jay” from Henderson Independent High School. When Gould, King and Smith went into the house, King suddenly placed Gould in a headlock and tried to steal his marijuana. A fight ensued and moved outside, where Smith grabbed a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson firearm from Gould, authorities said.

Smith fired two shots with the gun, one of which struck the front door of the house. The two brothers took off in a silver sport utility vehicle. The gun was left at the scene, and no one was injured. Deputies found two shell casings and a bullet hole in the door as well as a black Chicago Bulls hat on the ground.

Gould admitted to setting up the meeting to sell drugs and told deputies the rest of his drugs were in a toolbox in his bedroom. He gave deputies permission to search the room. The deputies found the toolbox, which contained 20 grams of marijuana sealed in a glass jar and 8 grams of marijuana in a pill bottle.

Gould also had some drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

On Nov. 9, officers responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 1000 block of Walton Place. They spoke with two teens, identified as King and Smith. King confirmed he and his brother went to Gould’s home to buy marijuana.

King said once they were inside, Gould pulled out an AR-15 rifle and he wrestled with him. He said the fight continued outside. He said he never saw a handgun and he and his brother left the home when a gun was fired.

Smith also confirmed they went to the home to buy marijuana. Smith said Gould showed off a pistol and an AR-15. He decided he wanted both the gun and the drugs and tried to take both, he told investigators. He said his brother grabbed Gould.

Smith said they were still wrestling so he fired one warning shot. Gould followed them and took his gun back, according to Smith.

Gould has not been charged yet, officials said.



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