ROCKINGHAM — Five people are facing charges after allegedly setting up camp at a local park.
According to police reports, officers with the Rockingham Police Department responded to Browder Park around 11:20 a.m. Jan. 7 after receiving a call of a suspicious person.
Officers reportedly found five people — 28-year-old David Webster Mitchell, 23-year-old Amber Ray Trabert, 23-year-old Timothy Justin West, 40-year-old Todd Michael Radomsky and 26-year-old Zachary John Dwayne Lunsford — living in tents at the park.
(Note: Some records show Trabert’s middle name spelled “Rae” and Lunsford’s first name as “Zackary.”)
According to the report, officers also found six hypodermic needles and 8.6 grams of a “white powder like substance” identified in the narrative as fentanyl.
All five were charged with one misdemeanor count each of setting a fire when prohibited by a park employee and trespassing or sleeping in a park, the latter being a local ordinance. Both are misdemeanors.
Police say four of the five (all but West) had active warrants.
Records show Mitchell is also charged with possession of heroin, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, and a misdemeanor probation violation. He is being held on a combined $15,000 secured bond.
Lunsford had an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor larceny out of Moore County. He is being held on a combined $2,500 secured bond.
Rdomsky and Trabert — who were both charged in August 2022 for allegedly breaking into the Browder Park gym — are charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit felony larceny. Trabert also has a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held on a combined $23,000 secured bond. Radomsky was given a combined $42,000 secured bond.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Mitchell was first convicted in 2019 of assault on a female and felony breaking and entering.
Mitchell’s probation for the B&E conviction was revoked the following year, resulting in a five-month incarceration. He went back to prison for nearly six months at the end of 2021 on a post-release revocation.
Records show Mitchell was released May 14, 2022, but charged with possession of drug paraphernalia on May 26 and convicted Oct. 6.
Lunsford was convicted on misdemeanor charges of breaking and entering in 2017 and possessing stolen goods in 2019.
In May 2022, Lunsford was convicted in Moore County of misdemeanor larceny, identity fraud or theft, larceny from merchant, and interfering with emergency communication.
Lunsford’s probation on the misdemeanor larceny and identity theft convictions was revoked and combined with a charge of resisting a public officer in August and he was incarcerated for three months, being released on Nov. 6, 2022.
Maryland court records show Radomsky was convicted of attempted burglary in Baltimore County in 2018. He previously received probation before judgment on a 2006 misdemeanor theft charge, and in 2002 for a paraphernalia possession charge.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.