Update: unclothed man breaks into several occupied homes, assaults residents and steals items

Update at 10:19 a.m. June 9 from the Asheville Police Department: James Cody Pickard has been taken into custody. We appreciate the assistance of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

Press release from the Asheville Police Department:

 Thanks to a tip on the TIP2APD app, Detectives have identified the man who broke into several homes in West Asheville as James Cody Pickard. We now need help to locate him. He is described as a 35-year-old white man, 5’6″, and 155 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and a brown beard. He is believed to be in the Oakley area.

He currently has 26 open warrants for:

  • 1st Degree Burglary (4 counts)
  • Attempted 1st Degree Burglary (2 counts)
  • Common Law Robbery
  • Attempted Common Law Robbery (2 counts)
  • Felony Breaking and Entering
  • Felony Larceny of Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  • Attempted Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
  • Felony Larceny After Breaking and Entering (3 counts)
  • Felony Breaking and Entering into a Motor Vehicle
  • Larceny (2 counts)
  • 1st Degree Trespassing
  • Simple Assault (2 counts)
  • Communicating Threats
  • Damage to Personal Property (3 counts)
Pickard has been charged previously with breaking and entering and attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
If anyone has information on his whereabouts they can provide anonymous information to APD using the TIP2APD smartphone app, or by texting TIP2APD to 847411. Information can also be shared by calling APD at 828-252-1110.
Asheville, NC (June 7, 2021): Shortly after midnight on June 6 several occupied homes in West Asheville were broken into by a man wearing no clothes. In each of these cases, residents were assaulted and had items stolen from their homes. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
Officers located a person matching the description of the man and he ran from officers on foot. Detectives need your help to identify and locate this man. He has brown hair, a brown beard, and a tattoo on his upper right arm. He may be driving a grey Volkswagen Jetta.
If you would like to anonymously share information you can text TIP2APD to 847411, or use the TIP2APD smartphone app. You can also share information by calling 828-252-1110.
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