• 48°

Police use tear gas to end robbery stand off, arrest suspect

SALISBURY — Police used tear gas Sunday to end a stand off with a robbery suspect who remained in the residence after being spotted by an officer.

Benjamin Hawthorne, a 55-year-old East Monroe Street resident, was charged with felony breaking or entering buildings for an incident in the 200 block of South West Street in Salisbury.

The woman who lives in the house was not there during the incident because of a death in the family. Lt. Justin Crews of the Salisbury Police Department said Hawthorne knew about the victim’s situation.

A concerned neighbor called police between midnight and 1 a.m. on Sunday to report the break-in was in progress. A responding police officer found a bedroom window broken on the side of the home. Crews said the officer saw Hawthorne after he pulled down a curtain.

Hawthorne allegedly ran into another bedroom and remained there “for at least a half-hour or more” as police tried to talk him out, Crews said. Police decided against using a K-9 or entering the house themselves to clear out Hawthorne and spoke to the woman who lives there before using tear gas, Crews said.

Hawthorne ran out of the home after police used tear gas. He was transported to Rowan Medical Center for evaluation after the incident, given a $5,000 bond and booked into the Rowan County Detention Center.

Comments

Crime

Man charged after thieves rob would-be gun buyers of wallets, shoes

Crime

Blotter: Four added to sheriff’s most wanted list

High School

High school football: Some anxious moments, but Hornets win state title

Local

Photos: Salisbury High Hornets win big in 2AA championship game

Local

County manager outlines projections for the upcoming fiscal year budget, suggests uses for stimulus money

Business

Miami-based Browns Athletic Apparel opens second screen printing location in Salisbury

News

At funeral, fallen Watauga deputies remembered as ‘heroes’

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cluster identified at Granite Quarry Elementary

Coronavirus

More than half of North Carolinians have now taken at least one vaccine shot

Local

City hopes to cover expenses in 2021-22 budget with surplus revenue generated this year

Local

Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Health department drops quarantine time from 14 to 10 days

Crime

Blotter: More than $100,000 in property reported stolen from Old Beatty Ford Road site

Local

City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide

Local

City names downtown recipients for federal Parks Service grant

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs 2021-22 budget priorities, supports buying body cameras

Education

Educators reflect on Teacher Appreciation Week

Education

Livingstone College wins $30,000 Home Depot grant

Education

Shoutouts

News

Shield-A-Badge With Prayer program enters 26th year, accepting volunteers to pair with officers

Education

COVID-19 infection, quarantine numbers in Rowan-Salisbury Schools reach new highs

High School

High school football: Offensive line came together for Hornets, who play for state title tonight

Local

Pro baseball: White makes pro debut and says, ‘It felt amazing to be out there’