Man car-jacks vehicle to avoid arrest

FAYETTEVILLE Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Fayetteville Police detectives Jason Sondergaard and Michael Baldwin received a Crimestoppers tip that a subject with several outstanding felony warrants was in the area of the 1900 block of Cedar Creek Road.

The subject, Eric Jevone Bennett, 29, of Hope Mills, had outstanding warrants for arrest with the Fayetteville Police Department for two felony breaking and enterings, felony larceny of motor vehicle, and felony larceny.

Bennett also had prior Assault on Government Official charges in the past.

When detectives Sondergaard and Baldwin arrived on Cedar Creek Road they saw Bennett and got into a foot chase with him.

Bennett ran to an occupied car in a parking lot, smashed out the window, and pulled the driver out of it. After Bennett car-jacked the vehicle a vehicle pursuit ensued.

The pursuit ended in the Massey Hill area when Bennett stopped the car and ran again. Bennett was captured after a short foot pursuit. In addition the warrants Bennett will be charged with Common Law Robbery and Felony Speeding to Elude Arrest.

The victim of the car-jacking, Ruben Cortes, 33, of Autryville, was treated by medics for minor scrapes on his arms and is doing well.

Bennett is currently being processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center. The bond is pending.

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