ROCKINGHAM — A man convicted earlier this year of a violent assault several counties over was recently caught with weed and a firearm, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
A patrol deputy reportedly saw 21-year-old Juan Carlos DeJesus-Jimenez, of Rockingham, drive a black BMW through a stop sign on Mill Road on Saturday, Nov. 19.
The deputy reportedly ran the tag number and found out it was expired and the car had no insurance.
According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy attempted a traffic stop while still on Mill Road, but the driver kept going.
An investigator with the Community Impact Team was reportedly nearby and joined the pursuit.
The driver pulled into a convenience store parking lot “in an attempt to head back in the opposite direction,” but was blocked by the deputies, according to the sheriff’s office.
Once stopped, DeJesus-Jimenez reportedly stuck both arms out of the window and told deputies he had a gun.
The driver was removed and deputies reportedly recovered a handgun of an unspecified caliber from the passenger seat and also found 8.42 grams of marijuana.
According to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, DeJesus-Jimenez was convicted in July of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in Union County and is serving an 18-month suspended sentence.
He is charged with: possession of a firearm by a felon; fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana; and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
Richmond County Jail records show he was also cited for driving with a revoked license, failing to stop at a stop sign, having an expired registration and no insurance.
DeJesus-Jimenez is still being held on a combined $100,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 8.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.