High Point teen faces additional charges in vehicle break-ins, subsequent chase

Published 6:14 pm Wednesday, May 27, 2020

By Shavonne Potts

SALISBURY — More details have come to light following the arrest of a High Point teen allegedly involved in numerous vehicle break-ins, a vehicle chase with a victim and the Highway Patrol.

Jamil Tyshawn Ray, 18, faces charges of fleeing to elude arrest and obtaining property by false pretenses. More charges are pending. He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $15,500 secured bond.

Before the vehicle break-ins, a trooper with the N.C. State Highway Patrol reportedly clocked a Ford Fusion traveling more than 100 mph on southbound Interstate 85 on Tuesday around 1 a.m., according to First Sgt. J.G. Leonard.

The trooper began pursuit. When it was determined there were multiple passengers in the car, the trooper disengaged the chase. The trooper then notified the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and Salisbury Police Department about the pursuit and gave them a description of the vehicle.

Around 2:30 a.m. a Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy responded to Grace Church Road regarding a theft from a vehicle. According to the 911 communications, the same vehicle was spotted on Gracebrook Drive, said Rowan Sheriff’s Office Capt. John Sifford.

There were other vehicle break-ins at Settler’s Grove Lane and Barringer Road as well as Grace Church Road and Gracebrook Drive.

A man in the 600 block of Settler’s Grove Lane said he got up to get a drink of water and saw what appeared to be two people outside in his neighbor’s driveway. The man said he turned all of his indoor and outdoor lights on and he saw three or four individuals running. He called 911, Sifford said.

Salisbury Police also said 17 cars were broken into sometime around 4 a.m. on Chantilly Lane, located off Old Concord Road. A man who lived on Chantilly Lane saw a Ford Fusion leaving the area and jumped into his pickup to follow them.

The man told police he heard gunshots coming from the vehicle. So, he pulled out his gun and fired back, striking the Ford, said police spokesman Lt. Lee Walker.

Salisbury Police officials say the 18-year-old and a 14-year-old male will face charges related to the vehicle break-ins. The two were eventually apprehended at the Sheetz gas station in Salisbury, 1520 S. Jake Alexander Blvd.

Sifford said a deputy found items along Settler’s Grove Lane, including a handgun. Police said there were other items stolen including cash and cellphones, some of which were recovered.

Once in the jail, Rowan Sheriff’s Office officials said Ray tried to use a counterfeit $20 in a jail kiosk.