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Man Robbed at Knifepoint and Left on Interstate

Traffic on I-73/74 near Asheboro (Stock Photo / Acme News Archive)
Traffic on I-73/74 near Asheboro (Stock Photo / Acme News Archive)

ASHEBORO N.C. -One man is in jail today after police say he robbed his “friend” at knifepoint before leaving him on the side of the interstate last Sunday.

On October 9th, 2022, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to High Point St, in Randleman for a call about an armed robbery that had occurred on Interstate 73/74.

When the police arrived, they located the victim who had obvious injuries. The victim told police that he was riding with a “friend” who he was allowing to drive his new vehicle. That “friend” was identified by the Sheriff’s Office as “James David Marler”.

According to a press release from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Marler pulled the car to the shoulder of the road and robbed the victim at knife point, assaulted the victim as he was emptying his pockets, ordered the victim out of the car, before driving away in the victim’s car heading northbound on I-73 toward Greensboro.

Criminal Investigations Detectives with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office contacted Guilford County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. According to a press release, “Shortly thereafter, they located the vehicle in a parking lot of a hotel in their jurisdiction and subsequently located Marler who was occupying a room there.”

Marler was arrested by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of stolen goods/property, and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Marler was transported to the Guilford County Detention Center and received a $20,000 secured bond in this incident. He was issued a court date of November 17, 2022, in Randolph County District Court. As of the time of this article Marler was still being held at the Guilford County Jail.