Students Charged In Linden Rock-Throwing Incidents

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Two Pine Forest High School students face criminal charges after arrests by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office regarding rock-throwing incidents in Linden.

Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives charged Arnold Jeffery Varnadoe, 18, with 14 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill Tuesday. He is accused of throwing rocks at pedestrians and vehicles while walking in the Linden area. Police have been investigating reports of similar incidents over the last two months.

Mr. Varnadoe was placed in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $7,000 secured bond.

A May 11 traffic stop led to the apprehension of a Fayetteville teen on similar charges after the arresting officer recognized him as the suspect in an incident reported by a pedestrian earlier in the day.

Walter Wayne Trogdon, 16, of See Rock, Page 9

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Fredonia Drive, Fayetteville, was taken into custody and transported to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop for speeding. Deputy Willard Cornell, who pulled over Mr. Trogdon, recognized a description of the vehicle and clothing as matching a suspect description given authorities by a victim who was walking down Elliot Farm Road.

The victim told officers a small car driven by a white male with blonde slicked-back hair and wearing a pink shirt yelled and threw several rocks at him. Detectives later were able to link him to other similar incidents.

Mr. Trogdon now faces 15 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. A secured bond of $375,000 was set.

— Rick Curl

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