A man accused of chasing and pointing a pellet gun at people inside the Dunham’s Sports and Walmart stores in Wilkesboro Saturday night now faces additional charges that include two felony counts each of terrorism and assault with a deadly weapon against a government employee and six misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Jimmy Roger Minton Jr., 29, of Dehart Church Road, North Wilkesboro, remains in the Wilkes County Jail, but his secured bail was doubled to $2 million with the additional charges.
Minton still has “special watch” inmate status in a padded cell without other inmates, said Capt. Jason Whitley, Wilkes Detention Center director.
Wilkesboro Police Chief Craig Garris said the additional charges were filed after his department completed its investigation and after consultation with the district attorney’s office.
District Attorney Tom Horner said it was the first time he knew of a person in Wilkes County being charged with the offense of terrorism.
Minton was charged with terrorism on the basis of a section of N.C. General Statues that says, “A person is guilty of the separate offense of terrorism if the person commits an act of violence with the intent to.... intimidate the civilian population at large,” said Capt. Jason Delbert of the Wilkesboro Police Department He was charged with two counts of terrorism because of the separate incidents at Walmart and Dunham’s.
Delbert said the two counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon against a government employee resulted from Minton pointing the pellet gun at an officer in Dunham’s and then an officer in Walmart. Minton already was charged with misdemeanor assault on a government official as a result of pointing the pellet gun at an officer inside Dunham’s.
He said the six misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon resulted from people stating in interviews that Minton pointed the pellet gun at them and/or chased them. He already was charged with six counts of misdemeanor assault for this.
Delbert said the Swiss Arms MOD-Fire .177 caliber pellet gun was stolen from Dunham’s, resulting in larceny and possession of stolen goods charges against Minton. He said the gun was recovered when Minton was taken into custody without incident in a bathroom at Walmart.
No shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident.
Wilkesboro Officer C.G. Colbert said in a written report that Jimmy Roger Minton Jr., 29, “told me the reason why he did what he did. Minton said he has seen what happened in the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and wanted to go to Dunham’s and Walmart to kill a bunch of people.”
Colbert said Minton made the statement after he asked Minton if he was okay while he was in custody in the backseat of his patrol car, parked outside Walmart after Minton was arrested inside. Colbert had checked on him because he was moving around.
Colbert said the events began when officers responded after Minton’s mother, Martha Minton, called Wilkesboro police a little after 8 p.m. Saturday while she was parked in the Walmart parking lot, shared Minton’s history of violence against her and said she was worried about him possibly buying or stealing a knife from Walmart. She stated that her son had walked from Walmart to Dunham’s.