APD arrests man who failed to show for court on sex crimes, other charges

Press release from the Asheville Police Department:

Asheville Police Department detectives and officers arrested a man in west Asheville Wednesday afternoon for failing to show in court on sex crimes charges, as well as having multiple open warrants and drug charges.  Five others were also charged and arrested on warrants.

The officers located the known offender, Derek Dewain Carpenter, 33, near the 200 block of Deaverview Road around 3 p.m. Wednesday.  Carpenter had failed to appear in court on a pending rape charge in the county, and orders for his arrest as well as pretrial violations were issued for him.  He also has warrants for a number of other crimes, including stealing a firearm and fleeing from officers in a stolen vehicle.

When officers made contact with Carpenter, he decided to flee on foot into the nearby woods; officers pursued and caught him, finding suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl on his person.


Derek Dewain Carpenter (4/21/1999)

  • OFA: 2nd Degree Forcible Rape – two counts

  • OFA: Statutory Rape of a Child Less than 15 – two counts

  • OFA: Indecent Liberties with a Child – two counts

  • OFA: Incest with a Child – two counts

  • Warrant: Pretrial Release Violation – four counts

  • Warrant: Larceny of a Firearm

  • Warrant: Felony Flee to Elude Arrest w/ Motor Vehicle

  • Warrant: Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle

  • Warrant: Reckless Driving

  • Warrant: Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Goods – two counts

  • Warrant: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – two counts

  • Charged: Resist, Delay, Obstruct

  • Charged: Felony Possession of Schedule II – two counts

  • Charged: Simple Possession of Schedule IV

    • $1,047,000 secured bond

Kayla Marie Smith (3/6/1994)

  • OFA: Larceny by Employee

  • Charged: Felony Maintain a Dwelling for Controlled Substances

Jessica Nichole Davis (3/12/1991)

  • Charged: Felony Maintain a Dwelling for Controlled Substances

Adam Preston Rogers (7/25/1984)

  • OFA: Misdemeanor Stalking

Martin Howard Jones (8/16/1994)

  • Warrant: Felony Flee to Elude Arrest w/ Motor Vehicle

  • Warrant: Larceny of Motor Vehicle

  • Warrant: Felony Larceny

Nathaniel James Smith (8/30/1981)

  • Warrant: Civil Non-Support


  • 0.56 grams of methamphetamine

  • 0.09 grams of fentanyl

If you have information about illegal gun or drug activity, you can send an anonymous tip using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search “Asheville PD” in your app store) or by texting TIP2APD to 847411.  You can also contact APD at (828) 252-1110.

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