Gastonia man accused of violating restraining order

January 6, 2014 

Restraining order served

Fort Mill police charged a Gastonia, N.C., man with allegedly violating a restraining order after contacting a woman in person in Fort Mill.

Franklin Mercedes Rondan, 50, of 20 Maple Ave. Gastonia, N.C., was charged Dec. 30 with violating a restraining order, according to a report.

A Rock Hill woman who works at a Fort Mill business on Tom Hall Street called police to complain that she was being harassed by a man who was prohibited from contacting her because of an active restraining order. The man spoke to her and then left, she told police.

After the victim called police and an officer arrived, a vehicle matching the description of one Rondan was driving was spotted in the Avery Plaza parking lot. Police brought the victim to the plaza where she identified the suspect, the report states. It was later dtermined the restraining order was on file, but not actually served to Rondan. Magistrate David Wood came to the scene and served the order, according to the report.

Store reports scam

Two people apparently used stole credit cards to buy merchandise and load cash onto Visa gift cads at a Family Dollar store in Fort Mill, according to a police report.

The suspects, unknown and described in the reports as “a black female and an Hispanic male” both brought merchandise to the counter and presented several credit cards that were declined before offering one that allowed the transactions to proceed. The two were later noticed talking in the parking outside the store before leaving, the report state. It was later determined that several of the credit cards presented for payment have been reported stolen.

Compiled by Michael Harrison

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