The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 29, 2012

Bros. face charges against mother

Report says 2 locked mom up, took $13, food, assaulted officer

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer

Monday, October 29, 2012 — Two brothers are facing multiple charges after being arrested by Albemarle Police officers Oct. 25.

Joe Henry Furr, 25, and Tom Lee Furr, 23, face charges of first-degree burglary, assault on a handicapped person, kidnapping and communicating threats.

Albemarle Police was first notified of their activity by their mother Ruby Diane Ball, who stated that her sons had broken into her home and stole food along with $13 she had on her table.

Ball told officers her sons assaulted her by kicking her in the facial area and then locked her in a bathroom. While in the bathroom, they ran-sacked the house, breaking furniture and throwing her clothes throughout the house in an attempt to locate more money, according to the police report.

Officer T.J. Morgan later spotted the men on Glenn Street on Thursday and called for back-up.

“When (police) saw them, they took off running. We got them near the YMCA off Depot (Street),” Assistant Chief R.D. Bowen said.

Detective Nathan Crist was one of the officers who responded to Morgan’s request.

According to the report, while Crist was trying to arrest Joe Furr, Tom Furr tried to forcefully knock Crist off his older brother.

After the incident surrounding their arrest, Tom Furr received additional charges of assaulting a police officer, adding another $1,000 to his bond total.

“These guys definitely needed to be off the street,” Bowen said.

Both men received a $50,000 bond for the initial charges, with Tom Furr’s bond at $51,000 following his assault charges on Crist.

They are set to appear in court on Nov. 7 at the Stanly County Courthouse.