Felon charged with transporting sawed-off shotgun on I-85, possessing crystal methamphetamine

Published 8:33 pm Tuesday, December 17, 2019

SALISBURY – A Rockwell man faces weapons and drug charges as well as traffic citations after an incident Monday on Interstate 85.

Jason Alexander Rattz, 22, faces charges from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, transporting a weapon of mass destruction, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. Those are in addition to charges from the N.C. Highway Patrol of going 108 mph in a 70 mph zone and having no operator’s license.

The charges are a result of a traffic stop Monday by the Highway Patrol for speeding on I-85. Rattz was found to be in possession of a glass smoking device to ingest methamphetamine by Highway Patrol, according to a news release.

When Rowan County sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene, they found a loaded, 12-gauge, sawed-off shotgun and 2 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Rattz was convicted in May of felony breaking and entering in May, which resulted in his possession of a firearm by a felon charges.

That conviction was a result of an incident in January, where the owner of a Gold Hill residence noticed a back window open and went inside. The house was for sale at the time. The owner saw a man run from the hallway into a bedroom and another climbing into the house from a hole in the ceiling. The owner got into a fight with one of the suspects and was reportedly hit in the head with the back of a hatchet before three men fled, one of whom was Rattz.

Rattz received a $25,000 secured bond.