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The Southern Pines Police Department announces the arrest of Rodolph Maurice Harris, 28 years of age, of Raeford, North Carolina, for the charges of Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Felony Possession of Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Marijuana, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resist/Delay/Obstruct an Officer and Violation of Probation.

On January 31, 2019, at approximately 12:00 pm, officers from the Southern Pines Police Department were investigating a suspicious van parked on Shaw Avenue, located inside the Brookside Park Apartment complex. This van was occupied by three individuals. Two of the vehicle’s occupants, (one armed with brass knuckles), exited the vehicle.

Rodolph Maurice Harris did not exit the van and fortified himself inside the van by locking the doors, refusing to exit or follow the investigating officer’s commands. After a brief period of time, officers made entry to the van and took Rodolph Maurice Harris into custody without further incident or injury. At the time of his arrest, Rodolph Maurice Harris was found to be concealing on his person, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Additionally, officers recovered marijuana, cocaine and digital scales. Rodolph Maurice Harris does have a prior felony conviction which, by law, prohibits him from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The Southern Pines Police Department will be working with our Federal law enforcement partners, specifically the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), to conduct a history trace on the recovered firearm to determine if additional charges need to be filed against Rodolph Maurice Harris in addition to pursuing Federal prosecution of Rodolph Maurice Harris.

Chief Bob Temme offered the following comments following this arrest:

“The professional actions of the responding officers in this incident resulted in the peaceful resolution for all concerned. Once again, officers from the Southern Pines Police Department have displayed an undisputable degree of bravery and professionalism, for which our entire community should be grateful.”

Rodolph Maurice Harris appeared before a Moore County Magistrate, and was subsequently incarcerated in the Moore County Detention Center under a $65,000.00 secured bond, pending a hearing in Moore County District Court on February 18, 2019.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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