Authorities locate missing couple in VA
On Monday, April 2, 2018, at approximately 8:30 AM, Carl Lee Dotson, age 48 of Taylorsville, and Brandi Michelle Risden, age 32, also of Taylorsville, were taken into custody by the Wytheville Police Department in Wytheville, Virginia. At approximately 7:30 AM, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office notified Wytheville Police Department that Dotson and Risden were near a motel in Wytheville. Wytheville Police Department located a Kawasaki motorcycle with North Carolina license plates that the couple were believed to be driving outside a motel in Wytheville. Dotson and Risden were taken into custody without incident and were found in possession of a firearm and controlled substance. Charges are pending for Dotson and Risden in the state of Virginia. They are also awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Carl Lee Dotson, W/M, age 48, of Taylorsville was issued a warrant for failing to appear on charges of Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury and Assault by Strangulation in Alexander County Superior Court. Officers attempted to locate Mr. Dotson at his residence located on Lindsey Bebber Rd.
Earlier, during the investigation, it was discovered that Brandi Risden, Mr. Dotson’s girlfriend, was missing with their four-month-old daughter. There have been previous domestic disputes at this residence, involving Mr. Dotson and Ms. Risden, which led to an active Domestic Violence Protection order against Mr. Dotson from Ms. Risden.