Tuesday, July 23

Manhunt Leads to Massive Police Presence on Zoo Connector / 64 Bypass Last Week

ASHEBORO N.C. – Last week a manhunt triggered a massive police presence on the 64 Bypass near the Zoo Connector Rd.

On March 3rd, 2023, around 5 p.m. deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office observed Steven Wayne Golden, a wanted suspect, on a bicycle on Staley’s Farm Rd, near the Zoo Connector and attempted to contact him.

Golden attempted to flee on the bicycle but crashed into a guardrail on the bridge before fleeing on foot into a wooded area, leading to a manhunt and a massive police presence in the area.

Video shared by Alex Purdue to the ‘What’s happening Asheboro?’ Facebook page showed the scene on the 64 Bypass.

Additional deputies arrived and set up a perimeter and initiated a search. At one point during the search several deputies in the area reported hearing a single gunshot, but the Sheriff’s Office says they were not able to determine who fired the shot or why.

K9 Ziva and her handler located Golden hiding in a wooded area between Hwy 64 Bypass and the Zoo Connector exit where he was last seen entering. Upon apprehension, Golden was found in possession of illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

Golden was wanted in connection with an investigation into a larceny of a motor vehicle. On February 25th, 2023, the Sheriff’s Office responded to Foggy Mountain Rd., in Asheboro. A 911 caller reported that when he arrived home his truck was missing from the residence and items were missing from inside his home. The Sheriff’s Office identified Steven Wayne Golden as a suspect and notified the Criminal Investigations division which responded to investigate and collect evidence.

The next day, a Patrol Deputy located the stolen vehicle behind a vacant house off Staley’s Farm Rd., in Asheboro, near a residence in which Golden had been residing on Topaz Rd.

Deputies went to the residence on Topaz Rd. to investigate further and search for Golden. Deputies were allowed to search the room where Golden had been staying, but he was not located.

Stolen items from the February 25th incident were located at the home on Topaz Rd as well as at the property on Staley’s Farm Rd. where the vehicle was located.

Steven Wayne Golden

The Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain warrants against Golden on February 27, 2023, for seven counts felony larceny of a firearm, seven counts felony possession, stolen firearm, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of motor vehicle, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods/property.

Following his capture on March 3rd, Golden was transported to the Randolph County Detention Center where the magistrate found probable cause for charges of felony possession cocaine, misdemeanor resisting public officer, misdemeanor simple possession schedule II, misdemeanor simple possession schedule III, misdemeanor possession marijuana up to 1/2 oz., and misdemeanor possession drug paraphernalia. For these charges, Golden received a $5,000 secured bond.

He was also served the outstanding warrants issued on February 27th. He was issued a $50,000 secured bond and a first appearance was set to appear in Randolph County District Court earlier today.