Charges multiply for stolen safe, drugs

Jan. 24, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Indictments on 37 new felony charges were served this week against four Henderson men accused in an Aug. 28 botched robbery that allegedly targeted a victim’s marijuana.

Orrie Kurtell Williams, Geoffrey Gattis, Torian Denard Robertson and Glen Montrell Jones appeared in separate hearings Wednesday and Thursday before Superior Court Judge James Hardin Jr.

Deputies served Gattis with 11 indictments on Monday, according to Vance County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports released on Thursday.

Including prior charged counts, each face more than a dozen felony charges that include five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of armed robbery, breaking and entering, possession of a stolen firearm and multiple counts each of possessing stolen goods.

Assistant District Attorney Ben Hunter will lead the prosecution of all four defendants.

“This is a move to the second setting,” Hunter said to Hardin on Wednesday, referring to Gattis’ case in the Superior Court’s three-stage case management system. “All of the indictments will be a part of this move.”

Hunter said in keeping with the case management schedule, a plea offer has been drafted for consideration by Gattis and his attorney, Chance Wilkinson.

“I have notified Mr. Wilkinson of a plea offer in this case,” Hunter said.

Wilkinson confirmed he received offer documentation. No details of the offer were discussed in court.

Not all cases advanced on Wednesday. Williams was not available for his court hearing, even though he is reportedly incarcerated in another jurisdiction.

Williams’ attorney, Nick Bagshawe, on Wednesday said he has yet to see Williams in a Vance County court.

“The state has never been successful in bringing him to court in Vance County,” Bagshawe said. “There have been two prior writs. I met him briefly, but I have never had a chance to have a lengthy meeting with him. This has been the case for several months.”

Hunter said his motion in the Williams case was to hold it open at a first setting.

“There is the matter of new indictments,” Hunter said.

According to sheriff’s office reports, four men robbed Kenneth M. Newcomb and at least two other occupants of 2931 Thomas Road, Lot 12, on an August Wednesday.

According to the reports, the men entered the front door while brandishing at least one firearm, and a wallet, identification and bank cards, and a brown desk safe. They were caught trying to flee when deputies matched a vehicle description.

During the traffic stop on N.C. 39, Williams tried to flee, resulting in additional charges. Deputies also discovered 18 grams of marijuana connected to the stolen safe, according to Maj. Joseph Ferguson, resulting in Newcomb’s charge.

Williams, 24, has a 3974 Jacksontown Road address. He was jailed in August on $250,000 bond.

Gattis, 19, of 203 North Beckford Drive, was jailed with bond set at $100,000. The arrest reports on the additional indictments noted a separate bond set at $60,000.

Robertson, 23, of 524 Stone St., was jailed on bond set at $85,000, and Jones, 20, of 5338 Raleigh Road, Lot 108, was jailed on bond set at $70,000.

Newcomb, 25, faces charges of possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. He was jailed in August on bond set at $10,000.


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