Two Students Get Felony Charges for a Revolver on Campus at West Rowan High School. One Allegedly Stole the Gun and It Disappeared

Posted on December 16, 2017



RFP Staff

♦ According to Rowan County Sheriff Office sources, West Rowan High School students William Noah Lance, 17, of Rowan County and Mekhi Jermon Robinson, 18, of 407 Ashbrook Road in Salisbury, were arrested Thursday.  Both young men were charged allegedly with “weapons on campus or other educational property (felony)”.  Robinson was additionally charged with “larceny of a firearm” for allegedly stealing Lance’s Taurus Model 6605 .357 revolver, a handgun with killing power.

A Taurus Model 66 .357 Revolver:

Mekhi Jermon Robinson:

According to reports, school resource officer Ryan Walker was called to West Rowan Principal Brandon Earnhardt’s office on Wednesday where he learned that Noah Lance brought a handgun to school in his backpack and that the revolver was stolen from his backpack during the 4th period at school. The gun was accidently left in Lance’s backpack the prior afternoon when he went to his grandparent’s home to shoot. When he realized he accidently brought the revolver to school, he feared telling school staff. Lance told two of his friends about the error, but was likely overheard by a 3rd person.

Sometime around the 4th period Noah left his backpack unattended and when he returned, he noticed it was open and the revolver was gone. Noah confronted Mekhi Jermon Robinson, a West Rowan student and someone who allegedly overheard the earlier conversation about the revolver. Robinson did not respond and right away asked a teacher if he could go to another classroom to get his charger. Robinson allegedly did not return to class.

Walker, the school resource officer and school employees reviewed a security video and determined Robinson left the campus after encountering Noah in the 4th period. Sheriff’s investigators were dispatched to Robinson’s home on 407 Ashbrook Road in Salisbury. There, after searching Robinson’s vehicle, the investigators found the student uncooperative. Later they returned to the school and obtained several witness statements as well recording the missing revolver into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Detective Travis Allen returned to West Rowan High School on Thursday morning at the start of school and interviewed every student in Noah’s fourth period. It was reported that Noah was concerned the revolver might still be on campus and so he told his shop teacher about possessing the gun and about how it was stolen.

Once Noah was charged, the detective drove to Robinson’s home and interviewed with the student. Robinson allegedly admitted taking the revolver from the backpack. He told Allen he would have the weapon back by 6 p.m. and Allen agreed to return to the residence at that time.

Just prior to 6 p.m. Allen received a call from Robinson’s mother. According to reports, the mother and her son drove to a location off Hwy 8o1 where it was said that Robinson tossed the revolver down an embankment. Four deputies and a K-9 searched the area, but came up empty handed.

Allen returned once more to Robinson’s home and asked for his cellphone. Robinson’s father refused to turn the cellphone over or for his son to talk further with the detective. Soon afterwards Allen obtained a search warrant for Robinson’s residence. Once back at the residence, he seized Robinson’s cellphone, but failed to find the revolver.

Robinson was held in the Rowan County Detention Center on a secure $1,000 bond, but was soon released on bail.

Noah Lance was given a written promise to return and released into the custody of his mother.

The search for the Taurus revolver continues. Anyone with information about this crime or the missing revolver is requested to call Rowan County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 704-216-8686. If you fear retribution, want to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward of up to $1,000, information can be submitted 24/7 via the web: http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org/or by calling the Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

West Rowan High School, 8050 NC-801, Mt. Ulla, N.C.:

Location West Rowan High School, 8050 NC-801, Mt. Ulla, N.C.:

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