ROCKINGHAM — A juvenile reported missing was found during a license check Monday and the driver of the vehicle is facing weapons charges.
According to a press release issued Tuesday by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and officers with the Rockingham Police Department were conducting a license checkpoint on Mill Road Feb. 21 at the intersection with Haywood Street.
As a vehicle approached the checkpoint, one of the RPD officers reportedly recognized the female juvenile passenger as having been reported missing earlier in the day.
The release states that the vehicle’s driver was asked to step out and that a handgun magazine was spotted inside the car.
The juvenile’s mother had reportedly told police that the man was carrying a handgun.
The driver, 21-year-old Roger Hunter Braswell, of Hamlet, reportedly told deputies that the gun was under the driver’s seat.
The gun was found and when deputies ran the serial number, they discovered that it had been reported stolen out of Dillon, South Carolina, according to the release.
Braswell was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 3.
The juvenile was returned to the custody of her parent by RPD officers, according to the sheriff’s office.
Online records show Braswell has a March 16 court date for two misdemeanor charges from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, including consuming alcohol under the age of 19.
Braswell has no previous convictions as an adult.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.