Salisbury man arrested on weapon, marijuana charges while in car with accused murder suspect

Published 7:51 pm Thursday, June 25, 2020

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was charged with a weapons violation and a misdemeanor marijuana offense after he was arrested while riding in the car with a man accused of the murder of Henry Lee Wilder Jr.

Salisbury police arrested Tyree Malik Thompson, 28, of the 400 block of Old Concord Road, with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance schedule VI.

Thompson was a passenger in the vehicle officers stopped late Wednesday night. The driver, Dequan Torrez Chawlk, 25, was charged first-degree murder, according to spokesman Lt. Lee Walker.

Walker did not detail how investigators developed Chawlk as a suspect but did say more arrests could be forthcoming.

Wilder, 33, died June 8 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being taken there in critical condition, police said. Two other men were injured in the same shooting. Deandre Treashaun Mitchell, 24, was one of those men. He was also taken to the hospital and later listed in good condition.

The shooting occurred late June 7 in the 800 block of Green Street, in a residential area off of Bringle Ferry Road. Police received a shots fired call, police said not long after the incident.

Thompson was issued a $25,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

Chawlk remains in the Rowan County jail without bond for murder and under a $25,000 secured bond for various drug offenses.