Sheriff B. Phil Howell announces further details in the arrests of two adults in connection with a carjacking that occurred in a West Jefferson parking lot in the early morning hours of April 23rd, 2020.
Arrested were- Stephen Tyler Branch, 21yo, of Mountain City, TN. Branch is being held on a $250,000 bond in the Ashe County Detention Center on charges of: Felony- Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon Felony- Second Degree Kidnapping
Dylan Emmette Scott, 24yo, of Boone, NC. Scott is being held on a $250,000 bond in the Ashe County Detention Center on charges of: Felony- Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon Felony- Second Degree Kidnapping
The incident began at 6:14 A.M. when the Ashe County Communications Center received a 911 call advising that an adult male had just been carjacked at knife-point by two suspects in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant inside the city limits of West Jefferson. Sgt. John Muldowney of the
West Jefferson Police Department arrived on scene within two minutes of the dispatched call and was able to obtain additional information that later led to the arrest of the two suspects.
During this time, a separate 911 call led officers to the Fleetwood area to find the stolen vehicle on fire. At 7:55 A.M. a resident of Railroad Grade Road in Fleetwood reported suspicious activity in the area. Ashe County Sheriff Deputies Charlie Howard, Rachael Wood, CJ Spainhour and Sgt. James McNeil responded to the area where they located the two suspects.
Upon their arrival in the area, Sheriff Deputies and Det. Dillard detained subjects Dylan Scott and Stephen Branch without incident. Both Scott and Branch were arrested at 8:36 A.M. and transported to the Ashe County Detention Center.
Thanks to the response of our citizens, out joint law enforcement in Ashe County were able to apprehend our suspects in just a few hours.
West Jefferson Police Department and Ashe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing their parallel investigations, including into the arson of the vehicle, and more felony charges are likely to follow.