Pictured above: Nicholas Rhoads – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Darren Campbell said: In the early morning hours of Sunday May 6, 2018 deputies with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop in their county, on a suspect who was reported to have a gun. The suspect refused to stop and fled from authorities. The vehicle pursuit came into Iredell County where the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist.
During the pursuit, the suspect, Nicholas Rhoads, was armed with a handgun which he pointed at deputies while traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 77 North. Assisting deputies deployed “Stop Sticks” in an attempt to end the chase. The pursuit continued to Starlight Road where the vehicle was running with flat tires and rims was unable to travel any further.
When confronted by deputies, Rhoads he put the gun to his head and made statements about killing himself. He also made statements about doing things to make the deputies kill him. The area was secured while deputies attempted to speak with the man.
The Iredell County Sheriff Office Emergency Response (SERT) Team was activated along with negotiators to respond to the scene.
Negotiators initiated contact with the armed man and over the next twelve hours they spoke and worked with Rhoads finally convincing him to put the gun away and give up without incident.
Nicholas Foster Rhoads was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Felony Assault on Law Enforcement with a Firearm, Felony Flee to Elude, Misdemeanor Reckless Driving, Misdemeanor Resist Obstruct and Delay and No Operators License.
Nicholas Rhoads was taken before Magistrate T. Thompson at the Iredell County Detention Center where he issued Rhoads a 510,000.00 dollar secured bond for charges from both Iredell and Cabarrus Counties.
Nicholas Foster Rhoads has an extensive criminal history with several alias names. His convictions include: Probation Violations, Possession a Firearm with an Altered Serial Number, Driving while License Revoked, Possession of Cannabis, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill, and Domestic Battery.
Additional charges may be forthcoming as additional information is followed up on.
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