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44-year-old Brandon Maurice Torrence of Statesville was arrested last Thursday (November 2) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with four felony counts apiece of possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon.
A traffic stop was conducted by an officer with the Statesville Police Department Thursday night on Salisbury Road near Gay Street. The driver of the vehicle was suspected to be driving on a suspended license. The man operating the vehicle was also its owner.
Upon approaching the vehicle from the passenger side and speaking with the driver, the officer saw what appeared to be a firearm in the front passenger floor, partially concealed by a windshield sunshade. The firearm was identified as a rifle. The driver was identified as Brandon Maurice Torrence.
The officer requested additional assistance and asked Torrence to step out of the vehicle and he complied with the officer’s instruction. During this interaction, Torrence admitted that there were several other firearms in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that Torrence was a convicted felon, and he was placed under arrest.
A search reportedly resulted in the discovery of four firearms and ammunition in Torrence’s vehicle, including three handguns and one AR-15 style rifle. The weapons and ammunition were seized as evidence.
Torrence is a felon as a result of multiple convictions, according to the North Carolina Department of Corrections Offender Public Information website. He has felony convictions dating back to 2000. In 2002, Torrence was convicted of indecent liberties with a child in Iredell County. His misdemeanor convictions date back to 1996.
Following Thursday’s arrest, bond for Torrence was set at $25,000 secured. He was not listed as an inmate in Iredell County as of earlier today (November 7). A District Court date is scheduled for November 21.