35-year-old Edgar Raphael Rodriguez of Brooklyn, New York has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of fleeing to elude arrest, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for the sale or use of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a law enforcement officer. A 16-year-old juvenile was also arrested.
On Tuesday, December 21, Iredell County Deputies stopped a 2021 Honda with Massachusetts plates for a traffic violation on Interstate 77. The driver was Edgar Raphael Rodriguez. A male passenger was also in the Honda. During the stop, Deputies became suspicious of possible criminal activity. As he was being questioned, Rodriguez sped away from Deputies.
As Deputies pursued, Rodriguez threw a handgun from the vehicle. The pursuit continued as the Honda struck a tractor-trailer. The vehicle continued onto Interstate 77 as the suspect struck additional vehicles and a guardrail before the Honda was disabled near southbound mile-marker 44. Both suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
Numerous Officers responded to the area of Hoover Road and Scarlet Tanager Lane to assist in finding the suspects. Officers learned that the suspects were in the area of Scarlet Tanager Lane attempting to obtain another vehicle. The suspects made contact with a homeowner and offered the homeowner money to assist them in hiding.
A perimeter was established and K-9 Officer Wilber was deployed. Within minutes, the suspects were taken into custody without further incident. Officers learned that the second suspect is Rodriguez’s 16-year-old son.
After securing the Honda, Officers found five ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They also found the handgun that was thrown from the vehicle. Officers checked the serial numbers and learned that the gun was stolen in Pennsylvania.
Rodriguez was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He faces numerous additional charges from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Rodriguez, who is a convicted felon in the state of New York, will appear in District Court on January 18.
The juvenile was turned over to the Iredell County Department of Social Services, which will assist in returning him to his family.