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Gilbert Owens Harrison, Jr.
Courtesy of Boone Police Department

Man Arrested On Fugitive Warrants, Drug Charges, After Reportedly Attempting To Elude Police By Going Into A River

29-year-old Harrison Owens Gilbert, Jr. of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was arrested on charges filed in Watauga County. He’s charged on two felony warrants as a fugitive from another state. In addition, Gilbert is charged with two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and single felony counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and possession of methamphetamine.

Gilbert is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a concealed weapon in an alcohol beverage establishment, and resist, obstruct, and delay of a law enforcement officer.

On Sunday (December 10) at 9:50 p.m., Boone Police Officers and Watauga Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported assault with a weapon at Lilly’s Snack Bar on Blowing Rock Road. The victim reported that an individual struck them in the forehead with the handle of a handgun. The reporting person said that the individual fled the area in a silver sports car.

Officers and deputies were checking the area when a Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a silver 2023 Ferrari Roma in the parking lot of a convenience store on Highway 421 in Boone. After entering the store, the deputy found the driver of the Ferrari, Harrison Owens Gilbert Jr. Gilbert, who was armed, fled from the deputy on foot and entered the New River to evade arrest.

Gilbert exited the water a brief time later and he was placed under arrest after a brief struggle. He was transported to the Watauga Medical Center for evaluation due to hypothermia before being medically cleared and released. It was learned that Gilbert is a wanted fugitive from both Georgia and New Jersey.

Gilbert was placed in the Watauga County Detention Center under a $402,500 secured bond. Gilbert’s next District Court date is set for January 25. The Appalachian State University Police Department also assisted in this case and helped to apprehend the suspect.