A Hillsville man will now face charges of felony escape after running from authorities Friday while being served a warrant at the Carroll County Governmental Complex.
According to Hillsville Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce, he was serving a warrant on Arless Lynn Dalton Jr., 34, Friday morning for a felony shoplifting charge when Dalton crawled under a garage door at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and ran.
“I started to shut the sallyport door and it got down to about two feet off the ground. He dropped down, crawled under it and ran,” Yonce said. “He made it to the old baseball field at Carroll County Middle School and there were six or eight deputies down there. The resource officers and school personnel showed up too since it was so close.”
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Bobby Lyons and Carroll County Resource Officer Kevin Kemp apprehended Dalton at approximately 11 a.m., about 10 minutes after he ran. Kemp said both Carroll County Middle School and Carroll County High School were put on lockdown while Dalton was on the run.
“The schools were locked down by School Resource Officers and the staffs as well,” Kemp said. “We locked down the middle school and the high school. I coordinated with (CCHS Principal Chuck) Thompson as well for security purposes.”
Yonce also credited a phone call from Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel in Hillsville for helping apprehend Dalton so quickly.
“He actually ran through the funeral home building and they called us. If they hadn’t have come in contact with him, he would not have been apprehended as quickly because we were all concentrating on the other side of Main Street toward the Beaver Dam area,” Yonce said.
Dalton was arrested July 2 and charged by the Hillsville Police Department with breaking and entering, grand larceny, obtaining money by false pretenses, and felony child endangerment and neglect after a search warrant was served at his residence. A female resident of the same location, Annette Freeman, 29, was also arrested and charged on the same date with possession of a Schedule I or II drug and felony child endangerment.
Yonce said Dalton had been in court for that case, but he was serving warrants on Dalton for felony shoplifting and another charge Friday.
“He had been convicted two or more times of larceny, so that makes this shoplifting charge a felony,” Yonce said. “The Hillsville Police Department greatly appreciates the Sheriff’s Department’s assistance in this matter.”
Yonce said Dalton has been transported to New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, where he is being held without bond.