Police are searching for a man who has been wanted since a shooting and stabbing in May.
Ezra Harold Patton, 23, is wanted on multiple charges, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault inflicting serious injury, trafficking in opiates, assault by pointing a gun and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill/inflict serious injury, according to a Facebook post from the Morganton Department of Public Safety. `
Patton is described as a 5-foot 11-inch black male with black hair and brown eyes who weighs about 175 pounds, the post said.
Patton was one of three people injured in what MDPS called an armed robbery on May 17.
According to a previous release, MDPS officers responded to 118 Lenoir Road after Richard Hidalgo reported a robbery. Hidalgo was found with gunshot wounds to the pelvic area, and told police that Patton and Kristen Jewel Costner had come to his home, leading to an altercation.
Police tracked down the car Costner was driving on Bouchelle Street, leading to a high-speed chase to the old Starlight Fish Camp on Amherst Road, the release said.
When the chase ended, Costner and Patton were found to have life-threatening stab wounds, the release said.
Costner, who was charged under the name Kristen Jewel Ellis, has been charged with felony flee to elude, reckless driving to endanger, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and trafficking opiates, according to a previous News Herald article.
Anyone with information on Patton’s whereabouts is asked to call Investigator D. Dellinger at 828-438-5394, or call Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.