Crime & Courts

Albemarle man surrenders after 6-hour standoff

A suspect in 18 Albemarle house break-ins was taken into custody after a six-hour standoff with police on Friday.

Police said they found suspect Jatwane Demetrius Cole, 21, of Albemarle, at a home in Asheboro, which is about 80 miles northeast of Charlotte. He had been considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Asheboro police and Randolph County sheriff’s investigators handled the stand-off and apprehended Cole without anyone being injured, Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton said.

“He was worried he would be injured, but we assured him he wouldn’t be,” Lt. Col Jim Smith, Asheboro’s assistant police chief, told The (Asheboro) Courier-Tribune.

Police had been searching for Cole this week after they said he cut off his ankle monitor, making it difficult to find him.

The house break-ins happened over the past 30 days, police said. Guns, jewelry, electronic devices and money were taken.

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