A Union Grove man being sought for murder and theft was arrested in Yadkin County Monday afternoon, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for 23-year-old Pierson Worth Colbert on charges of homicide and larceny of a motor vehicle, according to a news release.
Campbell said in a phone interview Monday afternoon that Colbert had been arrested by Yadkin County law enforcement in a traffic stop along Interstate 77 North. His bond amount was not immediately available.
At 5:11 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to a residence in the 300 block of Indian Hill Road in Union Grove after a report of an assault.
Deputies found Robert John Quinn, 44, of Indian Hill Road, in the driveway with wounds to the head. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies began interviewing witnesses and were told one of those was awakened by Colbert knocking on their door. Colbert reportedly told the witness that he and the victim “had gotten into it really big this time,” Campbell said.
Colbert ran from the scene, and a 911 call was received a short time later, stating someone was trying to enter a home on Tulbert Road, a release stated. A few hours later, another call was received from a home in the 400 block of Zion Liberty Road reporting a stolen pickup truck.
Deputies found the original suspect vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, with paperwork containing Colbert’s name. A 1996 GMC Sonoma truck was reported stolen.
At the scene Monday morning, before Colbert was taken into custody and during the hunt for him, about 10 patrol cars sat across from the house where Quinn was found as deputies darted around documenting evidence.
Sandy Jennings said she made the 911 call Monday morning, and that Colbert had been living in her basement for around a month at the time; he was known to the family and came to her after not being able to find another place to stay.
She added he’d been in and out of the home over the past few days, and that Colbert seemed fairly erratic when he woke up her family around 5 a.m.
Jennings said Colbert and the victim had been involved in a few altercations in the past, and that she wasn’t aware of the body until it was illuminated by the headlights of deputies’ patrol cars.
While deputies were searching her home on Monday, Jennings was staying in a nearby home with members of her family. Her phone constantly lit up with someone else calling to check in out of concern. She listed the emotions she’d cycled through since calling the authorities.
“It’s upsetting because you hear about things like this happening in Charlotte (and) you hear about things like this happening away from here,” she said. “But for it to happen in your own front yard, the only way to explain it is it feels like a bad, bad nightmare.”
Campbell said Union Grove Elementary School was not on lockdown Monday but security protocols were in place and deputies were at the school.
Colbert has a criminal history involving drug possession, larceny, trespassing and several driving-related charges.