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Armed robbery suspect leads deputies on three-county chase

Posted March 4, 2013
Updated March 5, 2013

— Law enforcement officials arrested a man late Monday after he robbed a convenience store and led authorities on a three-county chase that ended in Micro, where he collided with a tractor-trailer before fleeing on foot. 

Adrian Jason Roberts, 30, of Randleman Street, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony fleeing to elude arrest. 

Authorities said Roberts robbed the Exxon Short Stop, at 2227 Bingham Drive in Fayetteville, at gunpoint around 7 p.m. and drove off in a green Ford Expedition.

After deputies arrived to investigate, Roberts returned to the scene and was identified by witnesses, the sheriff's office said. Deputies followed him, and Roberts led them on a nearly 100-mile chase down Bingham Drive, Raeford Road, Skibo Road, the All American Expressway and through Haymount and the downtown Fayetteville areas.

Then he hopped on Interstate 95 and drove into Eastover, Harnett County and eventually Johnston County, where he was halted in Micro by stop sticks set up by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Roberts' Expedition collided with a tractor-trailer, and he then fled on foot. 

Roberts was captured a short time later.

It wasn't clear whether anyone was injured in the crash, but authorities said Roberts was the only person in the SUV.

He was in the Cumberland County jail Tuesday under a $25,000 secured bond.

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  • SFSOLDIER Mar 5, 10:28 a.m.

    Returned to the scene??? Not the brightest bulb in the box....

  • Six String Mar 5, 9:53 a.m.

    A small correction: "FayetteNam" is a combination of "Fayetteville" and "Vietnam" and was used in the 60's and 70's and currently because of the presence of Ft. Bragg and the military there. It is a sort of derisive term since many of our soldiers shipped out of Bragg to Vietnam. It has nothing to do with crime, more with old politics. If you disagree, that is ok, but I'm more than old enough to remember it. I agree that $25,000 bond is laughable in this case. He is obviously a flight risk and it should be more difficult for him to get out and back onto the streets.

  • same ole story Mar 5, 9:43 a.m.

    No surprises here just move along.

  • subanitov Mar 5, 9:04 a.m.

    @unpublished1, you are 100% correct, that does seem to be a really low bond for such serious charges. Also, according to his DOC page he is already no stranger to the courts.

  • j8dixon Mar 5, 8:50 a.m.

    The stop sticks that halted the chase were deployed by Micro Police Department and its officer. They were not deployed by the NC State Highway Patrol. The suspect fled and was apprehended by a Four Oaks police officer that was helping with the chase. This news story has been reported incorrectly and needs to be corrected.

  • unpublished_1 Mar 5, 8:35 a.m.

    Only $25000 bond for all that? LMBO! R u serious? A 100 mile chase, robbery with a dangerous weapon & he only gets a $25000 bond? Cumberland Cty is a JOKE! This is why they call it FayetteNam, the criminals control the city!