APD seeking public assistance locating suspect in Monday morning shooting

Tony Dale Roberts. Photo courtesy of APD

Press release from Asheville Police Department:

Asheville Police secured arrest warrants on a man who rammed into another man’s vehicle and then began shooting following a verbal altercation early Monday morning.

APD Patrol officers responded to the area of State and Hanover Street around 4:02 a.m. on January 15 to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon and gun discharge. Officers discovered that a man was being chased by another vehicle after a verbal altercation. The vehicle in pursuit rammed the man’s car, and then the driver of the vehicle pursuing the man’s car opened fire. The offender then fled the area. Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident, and no bullets struck the man’s car.

Officers canvassed the area and located three shell casings. Shortly after, officers located the vehicle belonging to the offender, which was found to be unoccupied.

After further investigation, Tony Dale Roberts (06/20/1985) was identified as the shooter. The Asheville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Roberts, who has warrants for the following:

Felony Discharging a Firearm from within an Enclosure
Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Hit and Run
Discharge a Firearm Inside the City Limits
Reckless Driving

Roberts is described as a white male, 5’11”, 165 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is known to frequent the west Asheville area. He has a tattoo of the Pillsbury Dough Boy on his right forearm and a scar on his right neck.

If you know the whereabouts of Roberts, please do not approach him; he is considered armed and dangerous. You send an anonymous tip by texting TIP2APD to 847411 or by using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search “Asheville PD” in your app store). You can also contact APD at (828) 252-1110.

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