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Inmate Damages and Sets Off Fire Sprinkler at Jail Charged with Felony

Fire Sprinkler Head - Stock photo
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ASHEBORO N.C. – An inmate at the Randolph County Jail has been charged with a felony for damaging a sprinkler head setting off the system last week.

According to a press release from the Randolph County Sherriff’s Office, on August 7th, 2023, Mason Bryce Wooten was observed in surveillance footage striking a sprinkler head in his cell, setting off the system in his cell, at the Randolph County Jail.

The jail launched an investigation which found Wooten had intentionally damaged the sprinkler head which lead to a felony charge of interfering with jail fire system and misdemeanor charges of injury to real property and assault on government employee in connection with the incident.

Wooten was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury on June 16th, 2023, in connection with a stabbing at Bicentennial Park in Asheboro. Police say in that incident Wooten stabbed another man at the park before fleeing the scene and being arrested several blocks away. Wooten has been confined at the Randolph County Jail since that incident under a $150,000.00 secured bond.

The magistrate found probable cause for the charges related to the sprinkler and Wooten was issued an additional $10,000 secured bond and was set for a first appearance in Randolph County District Court yesterday.

Mason Bryce Wooten

  • Felony interfering with jail fire system
  • Misdemeanor charges of injury to real property
  • Misdemeanor assualt on government employee

$10,000 secured bond