Rowan deputies have charged a convicted felon in a recent shooting and robbery of a Salisbury man.
Police said James Cathcart, 24, entered a residence at 915 Hawkinstown Road in Salisbury Saturday, stole money from 36-year-old Aluonza Jackson and then shot him at point-blank range in the torso after demanding even more cash from Jackson.
Cathcart used a .40-caliber handgun in the crime, detectives said. After an investigation, they discovered Cathcart is a convicted felon who is on the Rowan-Salisbury Project Safe Neighborhoods list.
Police Tuesday obtained a warrant to search Cathcart’s home at 811 West Fisher Street. During the search, they found two dogs that officers described as vicious and unrestrained. The officers shot those dogs to prevent them from causing in jury and arrested Cathcart.
They also seized a handgun that matched the one used in the robbery, marijuana and various drug paraphernalia items. s
Also arrested on drug charges were Thomas Carr, 51, and James Pruitt, 36.
Cathcart is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on $1 million bond.