Morning raid nets fugitive in Cherokee County, N.C.

Morning raid nets fugitive in Cherokee County, N.C.

April 15th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Benjamin Lee Stanley

Benjamin Lee Stanley

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A Cherokee County, N.C., man was arrested Saturday for domestic violence and firearm violations.

Benjamin Lee Stanley, 39, of Topton, was charged with domestic violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a news release.

Deputies searched his home on Saturday morning and discovered Stanley was trying to escape by hiding in a crawl space until deputies found him.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office had several interactions with Stanley over the past several months, including evading arrest on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

There were two active warrants for the arrest of Stanley for violations of protective orders. Stanley had also evaded arrest several times, including a Friday morning encounter where Stanley led investigators on a chase, eventually losing them after, taking an off-road trail with a Jeep.

Stanley was charged on indictments with being a felon in possession of a firearm and is being held on $15,000 bond. He also was placed on a 48-hour no bond condition for a domestic protective order violation. A third charge was for resisting obstruction and delay, which had a 3,000 secure bond, authorities said.