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Keonta Chambers (photo of Noel Alexander not available)
Courtesy of Statesville Police Department

Suspects Arrested At HS Football Game That Was Suspended, Threats Reportedly Made On Social Media

20-year-old Keonta Chambers of Statesville was arrested Friday (October 6) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, two counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property, and single counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and conspiracy. A second suspect, 23-year-old Noel Alexander of Statesville, was arrested on firearm charges.

The charges against Chambers are from outstanding warrants, he was taken into custody following a series of incidents at Friday’s High School Football game between Statesville and West Iredell at Statesville High School. The Statesville Police Department responded to the school following those incidents.

During the game, officers on special assignment observed Keonta Chambers, who was wanted for eight outstanding felony warrants related to a shooting on September 4, 2023. That incident occurred at an address on Forest Hollow Drive in Statesville and resulted in the injury of a 14-year-old victim. Chambers was apprehended at the game without incident and was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center without bond.

While arresting Chambers, officers reportedly saw marijuana and an open container of alcohol next to the individual who was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and reportedly found a 9mm Glock pistol with an extended magazine in a bag concealed between the legs of Noel Alexander, who was in the back seat.

As officers attempted to take Alexander into custody, he attempted to flee on foot leading to a foot pursuit. Alexander was successfully taken into custody after the deployment of a taser. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm on school grounds, and resisting arrest. The driver was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of an open container.

Shortly after these arrests, the Statesville Police Department received information regarding a potential threat on social media involving the use of a firearm targeting individuals from West Iredell. As a precautionary measure, officers notified school officials, leading to the decision to suspend the football game. It was scheduled to be resumed today (October 9) at 4:30 p.m. without spectators. Officers, with the assistance of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, ensured the safe and orderly evacuation of all attendees from the stadium, and the situation was resolved without incident.

Chambers has a Superior Court date October 30. No court date was listed for Alexander. The Statesville Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit is investigating the incident. They request that anyone who has additional information to come forward and contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3515.