Two Charged in Shooting of Carthage Man
Two men are now facing charges in connection with robbing and shooting the son of a Carthage town commissioner in November.
On Tuesday, the Moore County grand jury indicted Henry Milton Miles, 29, of Greensboro, on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon inflicting serious injury. He was arrested Jan. 25 in Greensboro on other charges.
His bond was set at $250,000 for the charges in Guilford County. That is expected to increase as a result of the charges in Moore County.
Last Thursday, Moore County Sheriff's investigators along with Greensboro and Carthage police officers arrested Timothy Jaquan Hooks, 18, and charged him in -connection with several robberies, burglaries and other felonies in Moore County.
Hooks, of Greensboro, is in the Moore County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond. He faces a laundry list of charges. In the Carthage case, he is charged with two counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of felony first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering, according to the county Detention Center Web site
Hooks also faces charges of felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, second-degree burglary, felony conspiracy, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the other two cases handled by the Sheriff's Office
Miles and Hooks are accused of shooting and wounding 29-year-old Jason Dowdy on Nov. 30 at his home in the Needmore section of Carthage. Dowdy was taken to the emergency room at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, where he was treated for three gunshot wounds.
"I believe two of the shots were to his ankle and lower leg," said his father, Milton T. Dowdy, who served on the town board, the day of the shooting in November. "One bullet came within an inch of his spinal cord, an inch away from paralyzing him for life."
Police started looking for two black men in a silver or light-colored Kia four-door sedan they believed had been involved in the shooting.
Hooks' arrest resulted from a burglary report and the investigation that followed, according to Sheriff Lane Carter. Last August, Judameyre L. McRae, who lives in the Southern Pines area, reported a burglary at his home. He told deputies several black males entered his residence and stole numerous items, including $850 in cash.
Shortly after that burglary, those suspects wrecked their vehicle attempting to elude law-enforcement officers.
Sheriff's investigators in Moore County subsequently developed leads on suspects in Greensboro. They contacted the Greensboro Police Department Gang Unit, which joined the investigation. This led to the Sept. 2 arrest of Rickie Edward Whack, 22, of Greensboro, according to the Sheriff's Office.
They charged Whack with one count felony breaking and entering, one count felony larceny, one count felony possession of stolen goods and one count felony possession of stolen firearm. He was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond. His case is currently pending in Moore County District Court.
On Jan. 24, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a burglary and armed robbery from Linda Bowden Spencer in Eagle Springs. She said two black males, one armed with a pistol, came into her home and stole several items, including a large amount of cash.
Several witnesses who saw them gave descriptions leading investigators to connect her case to the open investigation from August.
The Carthage Police Department was added to the agencies in the investigation after contacting Carter's office with "similar descriptions of two black males" who had robbed and shot Dowdy, according to Lt. Bill Mackey with the criminal investigations division of the Sheriff's Office.
Contact John Chappell at (910) 783-5841 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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