Suspect from lockdown at college turns himself in

Dec. 10, 2013 @ 08:55 PM

Darius Richardson, believed to be the source of a lockdown at Vance-Granville Community College last month, has been arrested.

Richardson, of 129 Cambridge Way in Henderson, turned himself in to the Vance County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. He faces a felony charge of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

His secured bond was set at $36,000. He also faces misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and simple assault from an outstanding warrant issued in July 2013. Richardson is scheduled for Vance County District Court on Jan. 13.

Richardson had been listed as the primary suspect since the day of the incident.

“He was trying to avoid arrest. He was supposedly out of town,” said Maj. Joseph Ferguson of the sheriff’s office.

Richardson is not facing a charge for having a gun on campus.

“While there’s sufficient evidence to support attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon charge, there’s not enough evidence to support the weapon on campus,” Richardson said.

Richardson is accused of attempting to rob a fellow Vance-Granville student with a pistol in a rear parking lot of the school. No injuries were reported from the incident.

According to the college, the incident was reported to college security officers, who then called 911. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded.

According to the sheriff’s office, the attempted robbery took place at 10:30 a.m. on that Monday morning. The college carried out lockdown procedures starting around 11:30 a.m. and ending about 12:25 p.m.

Day classes were subsequently cancelled but evening classes went on as scheduled.

Contact the writer at awooten@hendersondispatch.com.