Wanted fugitive caught in traffic stop

By Jeff Linville - jlinville@s24476.p831.sites.pressdns.com


DOBSON — One of the most-wanted fugitives in Surry County has been caught and placed in jail.

Some of the arrest warrants on Mitchell Dwayne Robertson, 44, date back as far as four years ago, said Capt. Lloyd Terry. The sheriff’s office has a page on its website devoted to wanted fugitives, and Robertson had been on the page for a while.

Robertson, listed as living on Tucker Road in Mount Airy and Prison Camp Road in Dobson, has 12 different charges against him for failure to appear in court to face previous charges. These include first-degree burglary, larceny of a vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, trafficking meth, maintaining a drug dwelling/vehicle, and five counts of possession of stolen goods.

He faces all those charges as well as two counts of possession of heroin, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and two new ones.

The new charges are driving while impaired and resisting arrest. These came after a state Highway Patrol officer pulled Robertson over on Monday.

Once Trooper J.A. Casstevens had Robertson secured, the sheriff’s office was contacted.

Terry said Sgt. Brian Thomas served all the outstanding warrants on Robertson, transported him to the jail and processed him in. There was a lot of paperwork for the sergeant to work through with all the warrants.

Terry and new Sheriff Jimmy Combs gave credit to their officers in criminal investigations and narcotics for compiling the case against the suspect.

It’s likely that Robertson skipped all those court dates because he knew that there were additional charges coming that would put him in jail for a long time, Terry figured.

The “failure to appear” charges resulted in a $450,000 secured bond with a May 8 court date. The additional charges brought a second secured bond of $806,000 and a May 25 court appearance.

According to the state database, Robertson was convicted of eight counts in May 2012. These included three counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule I drug, possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule VI drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of maintaining a place for controlled substances.

According to records, the charges were consolidated for judgment, and Robertson spent 10 months in prison.

He previously spent five years, 10 months in prison from early 2003 to December 2008.

Those 15 convictions include three for drug trafficking, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to cause serious injury, possession of stolen goods, resisting arrest, and multiple driving-related charges like driving while license revoked and driving without insurance.

In 1990 Robertson was convicted of conspiracy to sell schedule II drugs (in Yadkin County) and conspiracy to sell schedule VI drugs (in Surry County). The Yadkin records state the prison sentence began Oct. 31, 1990, and continued until it coincided with the Surry incarceration that went until January 1992.


By Jeff Linville


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