Police arrest assault suspect, continue to search for second suspect

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 04:25 AM

Police officers located and arrested Jason Eugene Laughter, 30, of High Shoals Church Road in Mooresboro, on Monday on outstanding warrants for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

On Thursday, Aug. 22, deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to an assault and robbery at a residence on U.S. Highway 74 Business in Ellenboro.

According to the police report, Laughter and accomplice Kenneth Ray Owensby, 28, broke into the residence through the front door and came in contact with Kevin Matthew Pruett inside the home.

They ordered Pruett to get down onto the floor and Laughter proceeded to hit Pruett in the face with a pistol, the report stated.

Following the incident Pruett was admitted to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

Warrants for Laughter’s arrest were issued on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and warrants for Owensby’s arrest were taken out on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Laughter was located by the North Carolina Highway Patrol on Monday after being pulled over for traveling in a stolen vehicle.

Laughter was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, extradition of fugitive to other state, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and surrender by surety on extradition of fugitive to other state.

He received a $160,000 secured bond for his charges and is currently in custody at the Rutherford County Jail.

Prior to this incarceration, Laughter was convicted of larceny and felony breaking and entering in 2009.

Police continue to search for Owensby who is an absconder — an offender who has stopped reporting to his parole officer and whose whereabouts are unknown — and wanted on warrants for assault inflicting serious bodily injury and common law robbery.