At 15, his mother accused the Greensboro Police Department of mistreating him during a 2016 arrest. His charges were later dropped in a plea deal.
At 17, Jose Demaris Charles now faces an attempted murder charge out of Alamance County.
On Thursday, Gibsonville police charged Charles, of 143 Jett Drive in Reidsville, in the Christmas Eve shooting of 36-year-old Donald Robert Stanfield.
Charles faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries.
Gibsonville police responded at 5:40 p.m. on Dec. 24 to the 800 block of East Joyner Street where they found Stanfield shot in the abdomen. He was taken to Moses Cone Hospital in stable condition.
Officers canvassed the surrounding neighborhood and found that a neighbor’s surveillance camera captured the suspect’s vehicle: a white Toyota Camry with a 30-day temporary tag and damage to the rear passenger quarter-panel.
Police said Charles is one of five suspects in the attempted robbery and shooting. They did not identify the other four and have not said how they connected Charles to what happened.
A second person also faces charges in connection with the case. Elizabeth Jade Busick, 16, of 804 E. Joyner St. in Gibsonville is charged with conspiracy to sell marijuana and felony common law obstruction of justice.
Early last year, Charles' mother made public her concerns about how police handled her son's July 4, 2016, arrest after a fight at Center City Park on Elm Street during the Greensboro Fun Fourth Festival.
Tamara Figueroa's accusations led to protests, arrests, resignations and calls for police transparency.
Figueroa said her son was attacked during the fight, but instead of helping him, Greensboro police officers arrested him.
Police filed juvenile petitions against Charles on charges of malicious assault on an officer, disorderly conduct, simple affray and resisting an officer, after Charles spit in an officer’s face.
Because Charles was a juvenile, police did not release information about his arrest or what happened leading up to it.
Instead, the public heard details of the arrest from Figueroa.
Figueroa said her son tried to tell the arresting officers that he was choking. When the officer tried to help Charles off the ground Figueroa said her son coughed and blood splattered across the officer’s face.
Figueroa chastised police for not getting her son medical help at Center City Park and also for taking him to police headquarters for 90 minutes before getting him treatment at a hospital for a cut above his eye.
Greensboro Police Department’s internal affairs division reviewed the officer’s actions and said he did nothing wrong.
Figueroa then made her son’s arrest public and demanded the public release of the officer’s body-worn camera footage.
Such footage is no longer public record in North Carolina after a 2016 law went into effect that October. The video was never released publicly.
Several members of the Police Community Review Board, which did get to view the video, felt the officer did not act appropriately which led three members to resign, one for breaking a confidentiality agreement by talking to the media about the case.
Greensboro City Council also reviewed the footage and four councilmembers said publicly that the officer acted appropriately.
Charles’ juvenile petitions from the festival were eventually dismissed by Guilford County District Court Judge Angela Fox after Charles took a plea deal that dismissed four other unrelated petitions.
He pleaded guilty to other charges unrelated to the July 4 arrest: two counts of felony breaking and entering and one count of conspiracy of breaking and entering.
Fox sentenced Charles to 14 days of detention, which was suspended. She gave him one year of probation. She warned Charles that if he violated his probation he would serve his suspended sentence.
Charles’ probation was later transferred to Rockingham County after his family moved to Reidsville.
Charles is being held in the Alamance County Jail under a $100,000 bail and has a court date scheduled in Graham on Jan. 20.