Police reports


• A Mount Airy man was arrested early Thursday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, according to city police department reports. Eric Darnell Alexander, 37, of 120 W. Pine St., No. 27, was taken into custody at that location, with police records stating that he was armed with a “blunt object (club, hammer, etc.),” but listing no details regarding the alleged assault. Alexander was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond and slated for a Nov. 20 appearance in District Court.

• A break-in was discovered Wednesday at the residence of Melany Castro on Square Street, where entry was gained through an unsecured window. A black and gray Samsung cell phone was stolen during the incident.

• Gary Ray Dowell, 67, of 802 Spring St., was arrested Wednesday on a second-degree trespassing offense, the latest in a series of similar incidents involving Dowell. The one Wednesday involved him being on the premises of and refusing to leave Northern Hospital of Surry County, where Dowell had been banned by security personnel in May 2016. He was jailed under a $250 secured bond and is to be in Surry District Court on Nov. 28.

On Oct. 1, Dowell had been charged with first-degree trespassing at the hospital and was released under a $5,000 unsecured bond to appear in court on Oct. 24. Then on Monday, Dowell was charged with trespassing at Walmart, where the man was encountered by police while he was assisting the Surry County EMS and found to have been banned from that location. His court date in that case is Nov. 28.

• Johnathan Scott Hunt, 22, of Mount Airy (street address not listed), was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond on multiple charges on Sept. 29 after a larceny call at an unidentified business located at 449 N. Andy Griffith Parkway. Hunt was charged at that time with resisting, obstructing or delaying a public officer, and also was found to be wanted on charges of cyberstalking and making threatening phone calls which had been filed in Wilkes County on Sept. 4. In addition, an order for arrest for failing to appear in court had been issued for Hunt on Sept. 16. His new date in Surry District Court is Nov. 16.

• Timothy Lynn Tilley, 17, of 309 Banks Valley Lane, was served with an outstanding order for arrest on a charge of assault and battery on Sept. 29, after he was encountered by police in the Burger King parking lot and the warrant was discovered. It had been filed the same day with Michael Gray Slate of Old Rail Road as the complainant. Tilley’s court date is Nov. 3.

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