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James Andre Mcelreath
Courtesy of Burke County P2C website

Man Sought By Authorities In Connection To Attempted Robbery Taken Into Custody

A suspect who was being sought by authorities in connection to an attempted robbery at a business in Morganton has been taken into custody. 57-year-old James Andre Mcelreath of Jamestown Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (January 7) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, and assault inflicting serious bodily injury along with misdemeanor counts of parole violation and assault with a deadly weapon.

As WHKY previously reported, last Tuesday (January 2) at 8:42 a.m. Morganton Department of Public Safety Officers were dispatched to Little Caesars on West Fleming Drive in reference to an assault call. When officers arrived they discovered that an employee was beaten and was bleeding from the head. The victim was transported to the hospital by Burke County EMS for treatment.

During the investigation it was determined that the assault occurred during an attempted armed robbery. The Morganton Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene. The investigation revealed that a firearm was used during the incident. The suspect was identified as Mcelreath. He was taken into custody shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday.

Mcelreath is on parole as a result of a conviction in Buncombe County in 1990 on charges including first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Following the arrest, Mcelreath was brought to the Burke County Jail and incarcerated under no bond. A District Court date is scheduled this Thursday (January 11).