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Jan. 22, 2014 @ 04:01 AM

Man arrested, charged in armed robbery hoax

SPINDALE — Daniel Alejandro Reyes, 24, was located on Thursday, Jan. 16 and taken into custody on warrants for filing a false report to a police station and discharging a firearm within city limits, following an alleged armed robbery and shooting on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

On Tuesday evening, officers with the Spindale Police Department were dispatched to the apparent incidents on Davis Street in Spindale.

According to a report filed by police, around 10:30 p.m. Rutherford County 911 was contacted by Reyes, who stated that he had been the victim of an armed robbery and had been shot by the assailant.

Officers responding to the scene discovered Reyes suffering from a gunshot wound to his right shoulder, the report advised.

Reyes was treated at the scene and subsequently transported to Cleveland Regional Medical Center where he was admitted for non life-threatening injuries.

He was released the following morning.Further investigation into the incident revealed evidence proving the alleged robbery was a hoax perpetrated by Reyes.

Video from a nearby business showed that Reyes shot himself in the right shoulder then disposed of the firearm in a storm drain. Police recovered a .380 caliber pistol from the drain.Reyes received a $1,000 bond for charges of filing a false report to a police station and discharging a firearm within city limits.

Two homes damaged by fire

FOREST CITY — Firefighters in Forest City responded to separate house fires on Sunday night and Monday night, advised Forest City Fire Chief Mark McCurry.

On Sunday evening, the residence of Earl Thompson sustained about $60,000 in damage after a fire started in the kitchen at the Thompson Street residence.

Thompson was not at home during the time of the fire and when he returned from the store, he discovered the fire.McCurry said there was serious smoke and heat damage throughout the house.

On Monday evening, a home on Mt. View Street in Forest City caught fire, resulting in serious damage to at least half of the electrical system inside the residence.

McCurry said damage to the system totaled around $5,000.

The home was occupied by Heather Shehan and her family, who were displaced temporarily.

Teenager flown to Charlotte hospital released

FOREST CITY — The teenage driver injured in a two-vehicle collision on Tuesday, Jan. 14 was released from Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Monday.

Bethany Walker, 16, a sophomore at Chase High School, sustained bone breaks, a punctured lung and a lacerated spleen in the collision that occurred off of Ellenboro-Henrietta Road. Walker is not expected to return to school for another week or more, according to her family.

Walker was driving a 2005 Ford passenger car, traveling north on Soco Gap Road. As she approached the intersection of Ellenboro-Henrietta Road, she attempted to make a left turn and drove into the path of a 2010 GMC pick-up truck driven by Kevin A. Foster, 52, of Ellenboro.

Upon impact, Foster hit the passenger car in the south-bound lane of travel. Both vehicles traveled off the side of the road and down a slight embankment, coming to rest in a field.As a result of the collision, Walker was pinned inside her vehicle.She was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center by Rutherford County EMS and subsequently flown to Charlotte.

Driver in collision home from hospital

FOREST CITY — A man who sustained injuries when his vehicle struck a telephone pole on Tuesday, Jan. 14 is home from Rutherford Regional Medical Center.

Matthew Brent Pye, 30, of Forest City, was driving a 1987 Toyota pick-up truck and appeared to run the stop light at Oak Street and Hardin, according to a witness who spoke with officers from the Forest City Police Department at the scene.

The witness advised the vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, jumped the curb and took a hard left onto Westwood Drive before making contact with a telephone pole and coming to rest at the intersection of Westwood Drive and Lee Street.

Officers said Pye was not wearing a seat belt and as a result suffered a head injury after hitting the windshield. He was transported to Rutherford Regional by Rutherford County EMS.

Pye’s vehicle sustained significant damage and there was minimal damage reported to the telephone pole.

The incident is still being investigated by officers as to the cause of the collision.

Did you know?

North Carolina scanner code 10-50 indicates an auto accident.