Child abuse among list of charges for Rockwell man

Child abuse among list of charges for Rockwell man

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A Rockwell man who was once accused of skipping out on a $330 cab fare, is now in jail on a long list of charges, including misdemeanor child abuse.

Matthew Lee Carriker was jailed on Friday night just after 7:00 pm, charged with misdemeanor child abuse, two counts of probation violation, worthless check, failure to appear, and being a fugitive from justice.

Bond is set at a combined $90,400.

Details on the circumstances of the most recent address are not known. This story will be updated when that information becomes available.

In 2013 Carriker was charged with three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, failure to notify the department of motor vehicles of an address change, writing a simple worthless check and hiring with intent to defraud, according to the reports from the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Carriker had hired a taxi driver to take him from Columbia, South Carolina back to Rockwell. The cab fare for the ride was $330, according to the reports.

Carriker told the cab driver he had money for the ride to Rowan County and that his father would pay her for the fare when they arrived in Rockwell.

The driver told deputies that Carriker tried to use her cell phone while en route and even gave her a Visa debit card to pay for the fare.

Carriker said should could run the charge the next day since the card had a daily limit on it and that the driver could just mail the card back to him, according to the report.

When Carriker got out of the cab the driver drove away and called 911.

Deputies recognized the name and confirmed that Carriker had outstanding warrants for arrest.

They tried to run the card he gave the driver and it declined.

Deputies then drove back to the residence on Oliver Road to find Carriker.

The deputy recognized Carriker from his previous run-ins and when he got out of his patrol car said, "Welcome back you're under arrest."

Carriker was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond, according to the report.

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