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Clayton police: Christmas good deed ends in carjacking, robbery

Posted December 25, 2014

Trent Lesean Creech
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— A woman who tried to do a good deed on Christmas by giving a ride to a stranger was held at knifepoint, robbed and carjacked, Clayton police said.

The woman, a newspaper delivery driver, told police that she encountered a man as she drove her morning route about 6:15 a.m. Thursday in Raleigh. He pleaded for a ride to Clayton, and she said she agreed out of kindness.

Along the way, she became uncomfortable and told the man she would not take him any farther. She told police the man got angry, pulled a knife and threatened her if she did not give him money and continue driving.

Police said the woman eventually stopped her car in Clayton and ran. She called 911, and officers found the suspect driving the car on U.S. Business 70. He refused to stop and led police on a brief chase into Maplewood Cemetery, where officers forced him to stop.

Police said the suspect suddenly began driving toward an officer who was standing outside his patrol car. The officer fired his weapon once but did not hit the vehicle or the suspect.

The suspect then jumped out of the car and ran, but he was quickly captured.

Trent Lesean Creech, 33, of the 2000 block of Southgate Drive in Raleigh, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, felonious restraint, fleeing to elude arrest, larceny of a motor vehicle, financial card theft, injury to personal property and assault on a law enforcement officer.

He was held in the Johnston County Detention Center on a $362,500 secured bond.

The officer who fired his weapon is on administrative leave until the investigation is completed, which is standard procedure.

“The Clayton Police Department would like to caution drivers about picking up or giving rides to strangers, even when they implore you or attempt to appeal to your kindness,” officials said in a statement. “Offer to make a phone call for them to arrange a ride, but we advise you do not allow strangers in your car, especially if you are alone.”
 

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  • Betsy Smith Dec 26, 2014
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    "If we lived in a perfect world, nobody would have to worry about anyone else. And on Christmas, no less. *sigh*"

    If we lived in a perfect world, no one would need a ride as we'd all have their own transportation and safe mass transit would be everywhere. Don't even have a conversation with people on the street. Most wouldn't be out there if they had a choice and allowing them to get up close is foolhardy.

  • lovebelle99 Dec 26, 2014

    Exactly well put Raphael! Same perps 99% of the time & yet people protest for these criminals who resist arrest rights what a twisted world this has become!

  • raphael27520 Dec 26, 2014

    ?Trent Lesean Creech, 33, of the 2000 block of Southgate Drive in Raleigh, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, felonious restraint, fleeing to elude arrest, larceny of a motor vehicle..."

    Went by the scene going o Grandma's house on Christmas morning,
    Just a misunderstood, profiled, a gentle giant, never did nuthin' wrong, fine NC citizen.

  • lovebelle99 Dec 26, 2014

    Let's protest this!!! When are the real victims going to start protesting in support of our innocent lives & our law enforements innocent lives being destroyed by the same people everyday? Where is the outrage for that huh liberals try & spin it for us?

  • Fake Coastal Rings Curse Dec 26, 2014

    I do not believe this Christmas good deed for one second. This was most likely a rock rental gone bad. "Victims" lie too.

  • Edward Anderson Dec 26, 2014
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    This woman will probably be hesitant to do any good deeds for anyone in the future. While I'll admit that it was foolish of a lone female to pick up a stranger, it shouldn't be. If we lived in a perfect world, nobody would have to worry about anyone else. And on Christmas, no less. *sigh*

  • censorbait Dec 26, 2014

    Millions more out there just like him.

  • Beth Pearce Dec 26, 2014
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    So glad this didn't end badly for the woman. This is exactly why I will never help anyone in that situation. I don't care if it's a teenager or old person. You just can't do it. If I found a child by the side of the road, I wouldn't dare let them in my vehicle! I would call 911 and stay with the child, until help arrived.

  • foodstamptrader Dec 26, 2014

    Good grief. More of our misunderstood young men of color an the rampage. Thankful this nice person trying to help was not murdered or raped. Sad....