Man arrested for attempted robbery at home where teen was fatally shot, sheriff says

Man arrested for attempted robbery at home where teen was fatally shot, sheriff says

CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man has been arrested in connection with an attempted armed robbery at a home in Catawba County.

According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, several men drove to a home in the 4000 block of Fairview Drive in Maiden Wednesday night. The sheriff says one of the men left the vehicle with a gun and reportedly tried to rob a person who was inside the home.

The sheriff says the man then ran out of the door after a failed robbery attempt and fled the scene in the car. The man allegedly fired multiple shots onto the ground as he left, the sheriff said.

A short time later, a deputy reportedly saw the vehicle and witnessed two weapons being thrown out, according to the sheriff. The deputy then pulled the men over and reportedly found a small amount of marijuana, the sheriff said.

No one was injured in the incident.

Jose Luis Ramirez-Barreto was charged with attempted robbery. He was given a $100,000 bond.

No one else has been charged in the incident.

The attempted armed robbery occurred at the same home where a teen was fatally shot in February. Deputies say 17-year-old Shane Cauthen allegedly approached the home to rob another 17-year-old who lived there.

Cauthen, says the sheriff, shot at the teen. The teen then pulled out a weapon and fired back, striking Cauthen several times. Cauthen was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln where he died a short time later.

Cauthen's mother wanted charges to be filed against the other teenager but investigators determined that the shooting was justified and was a case of self-defense.

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