Dump truck driver faces slew of charges after robbery, standoff in Iredell County
IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — A man is in custody after officials said he robbed someone, stole a dump truck and led Iredell County authorities on a chase.
Iredell County deputies told WSOC-TV that the Interstate 77 chase led to a standoff near Mooresville Thursday.
Deputies said it all started when James Call robbed a man at the White Oaks flea market in Statesville.
Officials said Call pulled up in the dump truck and committed the robbery. The victim called 911.
Investigators said Call, who has a criminal past, lives in the Hiddenite community on the Alexander/Iredell County line.
As officers were responding to the robbery, they saw the dump truck and began the pursuit.
They deployed stop sticks to disable the truck, which drove off the road at a rest stop.
Deputies said Call never said why he wouldn’t come out of the truck. WSOC was told he held a gun to his head and was making threats of suicide.
Call was taken to Davis Hospital in Statesville after he surrendered. He faces several charges once he is released from the hospital: armed robbery, and possession of a firearm by a felon, felony speeding to elude an arrest, resisting a public officer and other traffic charges are pending.
He is also facing possession of stolen goods, which is in reference to the stolen dump truck from his former employer in Alexander County.
Bond has not been set.