Pictured above: Albert Britford, Juvonta Lafond – Pictures courtesy of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office
On Saturday night, June 1st 2019 just before midnight, Rowan County Sheriff’s Deputy K. Peoples performed a traffic stop of a car on Highway 52, in Gold Hill, for a minor traffic violation. Deputy Peoples found the driver of the vehicle did not produce a driver’s license, and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Looking inside the vehicle, the deputy saw a magazine for an assault rifle in plain view. The passenger of the vehicle also stated he did not have identification either. Deputy Peoples called for an additional unit to assist in the investigation. Before back-up arrived, the suspect vehicle sped off and the deputy returned to his car, to begin pursuing the car, which reached speeds in excess of 100 mile per hour. The chase entered Stanly County, and continued into Albemarle where the suspect wrecked on Church Street. Both suspects jumped from the car, and ran into the woods. Additional units arrived from Albemarle Police, Stanly County Sheriff’s Office, and Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, but the suspects were not located. A search of the suspect’s vehicle revealed an AR-15 rifle that was stolen from Winston Salem. A loaded handgun, ski mask, gloves and marijuana was also located inside the vehicle. The occupants were not identified. It became apparent that the deputy interrupted these suspects during some type of criminal activity that they were traveling either to, or from.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division joined the investigation, and determined the suspects appeared to have been from Winston Salem. Through a forensic search of the electronic devices recovered from the car and the deputy’s body cam video detectives were able to identify the driver of the vehicle as 23 year old Juvonta Lafond. Lafond has a lengthy criminal history. RCSO Detectives made contact with Detectives with the Winston Salem Police Department, and were able to identify the second suspect as 23 year old Albert Britford. Both suspects are validated Blood gang members with lengthy criminal histories, and that Britford was currently wanted by Winston Salem PD. Winston Salem Police assisted with the investigation and had information that Britford was possibly traveling to the area of Spencer, NC, in Rowan County.
On June 5, 2019, RCSO detectives were able to determine that Britford was possibly located at a residence at 614 Meadow Lane, in Spencer. Rowan Sheriff’s CID detectives, the RCSO Criminal Enforcement Team, as well as Winston Salem PD and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Detectives attached to a U.S. Marshal’s Office task force conducted surveillance on the residence. During this surveillance the investigators identified Albert Britford walking outside this residence. The residence was surrounded, and then approached as Britford and another black male ran inside the residence. Detectives made repeated commands for the subjects to come out, and eventually both subjects came out the door. While investigators were attempting to arrest the fugitive, a handgun was observed tucked between the seats of a car parked in front of the residence. Albert Britford was identified and arrested on the outstanding Forsyth County charges. A search of his person revealed the key for the car containing the handgun. A search warrant was obtained for this residence at 614 Meadow Lane, and was served by RCSO Sheriff’s Detectives. During this search a loaded 9mm handgun was seized, as well as drug paraphernalia and approximately one pound of marijuana.
Albert Britford is currently being held in the Rowan County Detention Center under No Bond on Forsyth County charges, with additional charges from the various Rowan County offenses. Felony warrants have also been obtained for 23 year old Juvonta Lafond for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Speed to Elude Arrest, and Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Lafond is currently wanted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, and is believed to be in the Winston Salem area. The investigation continues with more arrests to come. Anyone with information are asked to contact Lt. C. Moose (704) 216-8687, SSG Rodney Mahaley (704) 216-8711 or Crime Stoppers 1-866-639-5245.
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