Deputies: Robber beat man to death

HOPE MILLS They are looking for 26-year-old Antonio Jones of Hope Mills. Detectives say he beat and robbed 48-year old Dale Freeman Meredith and left him lying in a ditch.

It happened Wednesday night on Trailwood Drive. That's of Highway 301. Meredith was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill where he died Friday morning.

Jones is described as six feet two inches tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and has some teeth missing. He also has sores covering most of his body.

Deputies have issued warrants for first-degree murder, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

Anyone with information regarding Jones' whereabouts should contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 323-1500. He's considered armed and dangerous.

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