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Second Arrest Made In July 29 Murder Case
Craig Anthony Ruff

Second Arrest Made in July 29 Murder Case

25-year-old Craig Anthony Ruff of Rocketts Way in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (August 13) on felony counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property resulting in serious bodily injury and possession of firearm by felon.

The charges are in connection to the July 29 homicide of Donald Simpson. The shooting occurred in the area of an apartment complex on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. 33-year-old Tantae Deon Little was arrested on August 7 in connection to the same incident.

Ruff was taken into custody without incident at 11 a.m. yesterday at a residence on North Rankin Street in Newton. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court is coming up Monday (August 17) in Newton.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or Investigator Carlos De Los Santos at 828-261-2621 or