Tuesday, July 16

Asheboro Police Assigns SET Team To East-Side After Recent Shootings & Violence

An officer with Asheboro Police Dept’s SET team examines a white power substance found in a vehicle they were searching on a traffic stop. (Acme News Archive)

ASHEBORO N.C. – After a string of shootings and violence on the east-side of the city the Asheboro Police Department has told officers from it’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) to focus on the area.

Following the March 22nd 2022 shooting on Colridge Rd where a 19-year-old and two juveniles were injured the Asheboro Police Department has been tracking an increase in the number of violent crimes reported on the east-side of the city,

Since the beginning of the month the Asheboro Police Department has apparently told its Special Enforcement Team (SET) to step up patrols the area.

According to the department’s website the Special Enforcement Team is comprised of four officers and a sergeant, who are responsible for focusing on reoccurring and patterned criminal activity. In an effort to reduce gun violence within the City of Asheboro a member of the Special Enforcement Team is assigned as a Federal Task Force Officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Back on April 7th 2022, Officers with the SET team made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Martin Luther King Jr Dr, where they arrested the driver for carrying a concealed gun, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia.

Just last week officers were called to an assault on Colridge Rd, and two calls for shots fired on Hoover st and Loach St where officers located shell casings but didn’t find anyone injured. The department’s Criminal Investigations Department is investigating those cases.

Anyone with information about violent crimes in the area is asked to contact to the Asheboro Police Department or Randolph County Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.