OMG!!! I just found out that there was a possible hostage situation at my hubby's old work, and where some of his friends still work!
Henderson County sheriff's deputies arrested two men Tuesday night in connection with a possible hostage situation at the Coats North America plant on U.S. 64 West.
Sheriff's deputies and Laurel Park police officers responded to the plant about 6:30 p.m., after a 911 call reported that a man in a vehicle behind the plant was holding a gun to another man's head.
The man with the gun was threatening to shoot the victim and to shoot police if he saw law enforcement officers at the scene, said Sheriff's Department Lt. Duane Cannon. The men were involved in a dispute over money owed to one of them, he said.
In less than 15 minutes, about 12 Sheriff's Department and police vehicles were parked at the darkened entrance to the plant, without sirens or flashing lights. Two Sheriff's Department vehicles were parked on the side of White Pine Drive, which borders a large field behind the plant.
Traffic flowed by the plant as usual, with only a handful of onlookers stopping to watch the scene from the edge of the Laurel Park Shopping Center, across the highway from the plant.
Shortly before 7:30 p.m., deputies arrested Mitchell Anders, 26, of Henderson County and John Adam McHarge, 26, of Jeter Mountain Road, calmly leading the two handcuffed men into Sheriff's Department cars. Anders recently relocated from Transylvania County, Cannon said.
As of late Tuesday, officials were questioning Anders and McHarge, but neither had been charged in connection with the incident. Both of the men had outstanding warrants for their arrests, Cannon said.
A third man, Stoney Bryant Reaves, 30, of Hendersonville, was questioned at the scene and later released, Cannon said. He was not charged in connection with the incident. They did not go into details about his release.
Officials are not certain which one of the men might have been a victim or which might have threatened another at gunpoint, Cannon said. The incident is under investigation, he said.
The incident might have been a hostage situation or a kidnapping, Cannon said. Officials are not sure who made the initial 911 call, he said.
A shift was working at the plant at the time. Detectives interviewed workers about the incident Tuesday night, but no further information was available.
None of the men works at the plant, and no one was injured, Cannon said. All three men were inside the vehicle during the incident, he said.
Officials at the scene said Reaves likely was the driver of the vehicle, a white 1970s-model Ford Bronco, and that Anders likely was a passenger in the vehicle.
Anders was taken to the Transylvania County jail because he had an outstanding warrant there, Cannon said. McHarge was taken to the Henderson County jail to face four outstanding felony warrants, he said.
Anders was charged with failure to appear and was being held in the Transylvania County jail under a $500 secured bond, an employee at the jail said Tuesday night.
McHarge previously was charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and two counts of possession of stolen property, Cannon said. He also was charged with marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia after deputies found both items on him Tuesday night, he said. The latest charges are misdemeanors.
McHarge was placed in the jail under a $4,500 secured bond for the four felony charges. As of late Tuesday night, his bond had not been set for the misdemeanor charges.
The men told officials no gun was used during the incident, but they also told conflicting stories about the incident, Cannon said. After arresting Anders and McHarge and detaining Reaves for questioning, detectives searched the area for the gun they think was used during the incident.
A Valley Hill fire truck arrived shortly after 8 p.m. and provided a high-powered light for detectives using dogs to search the area. The dogs used are trained to find weapons, Cannon said. The search yielded no gun, he said.