WEST JEFFERSON-What might have started out as a Saturday night on the town turned into big trouble for a Virginia couple, according to the West Jefferson Police Department.
According to West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose, a Galax couple where hit with a litany of charges following a meal at Boondocks and an investigation at Holiday Inn in West Jefferson.
According to police reports, a woman allegedly stole a purse belonging to a Boondocks employee on July 16. Further investigation later that night led to drug charges for the same suspect, along with drug and weapons charges for a man who’d dined with her at the restaurant.
According to arrest records, Stacey Joe Alford, 24, of Malibu Drive, Galax, Va, was charged with misdemeanor larceny, possession of marijuana greater than 1/2 oz, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or deliver methamphetamine, and trafficking in methamphetamine by the West Jefferson Police Department. Alford is also held as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Travis Boyd Carico, 35, of Marshall Street, Galax, Va, was charged by the WJPD with carrying a concealed gun, possession of marijuana greater than 1/2 oz, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or deliver methamphetamine, and trafficking in methamphetamine.
In total, West Jefferson Police say nearly 30 grams of marijuana, and nearly 45 grams of methamphetamine, were seized during the arrest. Both remain in the Ashe County Detention Center on a $78,000 combined bond.
Hotel ‘freak out’
According to West Jefferson Police Officer Joshua Hodges, the break in the case that led to the arrests began after he was called to Holiday Inn in West Jefferson around 11:15 p.m. on July 16, to investigate a report of an intoxicated person on the hotel grounds.
According to Hodges’ report, after stepping outside the hotel he saw a dark colored passenger vehicle that was in the road just down from the hotel sitting stationary in the travel lane with its headlights on.
After making contact with the car’s driver – who identified himself as Travis Carico – Hodges said Carico complied with his orders and stepped out of the vehicle with a small puppy in his hand. After confirming with Carico that he was staying in the Holiday Inn, Hodges said he asked Carico if he had anything illegal on his person.
‘Don’t shoot me’
“At this point he put his hands in the air, and then stated ‘Please God man I’m scared,” Hodges wrote. “I reassured him that there was nothing to be scared of and he said that he had (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and that he had been in the military all while still holding his puppy in his hand. He then told me that he knew what happens in Ashe County and for me not to shoot him.”
Rose said Monday Hodges did the correct thing by speaking with Carico and deescalating the situation at this point in the arrest.
Hodges said Carico later admitted to concealing a gun in his pocket – Hodges said he seized a loaded .32 caliber revolver from Carico – and also found small baggies of what Hodges reported to be cocaine/methamphetamine on the ground.
Carico also later admitted that he didn’t have his ID on him as he had lost it earlier that night at Boondocks.
Boondocks purse theft
Boondocks’ Owner Gary Brown said the restaurant had reported the theft of a purse belonging to an employee by a couple who’d dined at the restaurant Saturday night. The restaurant had provided surveillance camera footage of the alleged purse snatchers to Hodges and he’d started investigating that larceny prior to the Holiday Inn dispatch, according to Rose.
At this point, Hodges indicates in his report that a vehicle that had originally been on the scene at Holiday Inn came back up the road.
“I walked around to the driver side of the vehicle and noticed that the female driving appeared to look like the female suspect from a prior larceny that I had investigated at the Boondocks Restaurant earlier that night,” Hodges wrote. “I asked her to step out of the vehicle and after she had done so she admitted to taking a purse from the Boondocks Restaurant that belonged to a hostess. She was then placed under arrest for larceny.”
After searching the vehicle Hodges said he found multiple baggies of methamphetamine in the vehicle, along with a knife stuck in the front dash and a machete. Hodges said the vehicle also contained a brown zip pouch that had a glass pipe in it that contained residue. Syringes containing a brown substance was also discovered, according to Hodges’ report.
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