Blotter: Kannapolis man arrested for felony counts of rape, indecent acts with children

Published 11:19 pm Sunday, July 19, 2020

By Natalie Anderson

SALISBURY — A Kannapolis man was arrested on Saturday for felony counts of first degree statutory rape, statutory rape of a child and two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Jimmy Guzman, 28, was arrested after allegedly fleeing the scene of a traffic stop while being placed under arrest by a Kannapolis police officer for outstanding warrants.

The warrants state Guzman engaged in vaginal intercourse with a child who was, at the time, 15 years or younger.

Additionally, Guzman faces two felony charges of indecent liberties with a child after he attempted to take immoral, improper and indecent liberties with a victim aged 16 years or younger, with one alleged incident taking place in November and another in December. The second charge of indecent liberties with a child allegedly involved a victim younger than 13 years old.

Guzman’s charge of felony statutory rape references a victim younger than 16 years old at the time.

Additionally, Guzman was arrested on the misdemeanor charges of resisting a public officer, simple possession of marijuana and driving while license revoked, not-impaired.

Guzman was issued a $100,000 bond and booked into the Rowan County Detention Center.

In other crime reports:

  • Marcus Dontreil Chambers, 28, of Salisbury was charged Saturday with felony counts of breaking and entering terrorize/injure, possession of firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen vehicle and two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine. He was also arrested on the misdemeanor charges of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces a $50,000 bond.
  • James Eric Slone, 28, of Salisbury was charged Saturday with a felony count of hit and run after a serious injury or death. Slone allegedly failed to stop the vehicle he was driving that was involved in a crash that injured someone.
  • Richard David Joplin Jr., 44, of Salisbury was charged Friday with a felony conspiracy charge after allegedly conspiring with two others to use 11 known counterfeit $100 bills at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store.
  • Tanner Walton Shelton, 29, of Salisbury was charged Saturday with a felony count of possessing methamphetamine, as well as misdemeanor charges of possessing marijuana paraphernalia, possessing up to half an ounce of marijuana and assault by pointing a gun. The warrant states Shelton allegedly pointed a small black revolver handgun at someone.

Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.

About Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson covers the city of Salisbury, politics and more for the Salisbury Post. She joined the staff in January 2020 after graduating from Louisiana State University, where she was editor of The Reveille newspaper. Email her at or call her at 704-797-4246.

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