Police searching for second suspect after crime spree

Credit: Stanly County Sheriff's Office

Jarvis Marsh.


by WCNC.com Staff


Posted on May 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 2:45 PM

STANLY COUNTY, N.C. -- Authorities said a multi-county crime spree resulted in a shootout with one suspect and a manhunt for the second Wednesday morning.

The string of events began with a victim's car being stolen during a home invasion on Tuesday night in Mecklenburg County, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Then, the Stanly County Sheriff's Office said they assisted on a call for a home invasion and assault in the Midland area of Cabarrus County around 3 a.m. Wednesday.  Officers searched for the suspects with the assistance of a K9 unit, but no suspects were found.

(Click here for photos from the manhunt)

The vehicle stolen in Tuesday night's home invasion was used during the course of a crime in Cabarrus County, and was spotted by authorities in Stanly County, according to CMPD.

Around 7 a.m., officials said a victim was carjacked at gunpoint in the Midland area.  About 20 minutes later, a vehicle matching the description of the stolen car was spotted on Highway 24/27.  Stanley County deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle and its two occupants fled.

A short time later, a deputy saw a man in an open field south of Albemarle near Stoney Gap Road and the Stanly County Fairgrounds.  When the deputy made contact, officials said the man fired a handgun, stole the police vehicle and attempted to leave the scene but ended up exchanging fire with a second deputy before taking off southbound on Highway 52 toward Norwood, and a chase ensued.

After leading officers on a chase through the town of Norwood, the suspect crashed the vehicle just inside the Anson County line on Highway 52.  Jarvis Terez Marsh, 30, was taken into custody without further incident, but was transferred to Stanly County Hospital to receive treatment for a gunshot wound.

Marsh is being held on parole violations, but officials say additional charges are pending.

The second suspect has managed to elude officers.  He was last seen in the area of Stony Gap Road and Highway 52 South in Albemarle.  He's described as a black male wearing a blue button-up shirt and dark pants.

Word of the search for the remaining suspect spread quickly in the town of Albemarle Wednesday afternoon.

"We don't see this everyday.  It's a calm area, so something like this, people are worried about it," said Kendal Sellers.

Life-long resident Willie Stokes works at the nearby diner, down the road from where the shootout occurred.  He said many in the area heard the search for the fugitive in progress early in the morning.  He said he will be on guard more than ever.

"Yes, because I go to work 2-3 o'clock in the morning down the street.  It's always a concern.  Just be on the lookout a little bit more," he said.

The Sheriff's Department sent out reverse 911 alerts to residents living within a two-mile radius of Stoney Gap Road and Highway 52, where the suspect was last seen.  They are asking anyone who has information to call the Stanley County Sheriff's Department.

Stanly County Sheriff's Office, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are each conducting investigations related to incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday inside their respective jurisdictions.