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Deputies Seek 2nd Man After Robbery, High-Speed Chase

Posted April 25, 2008

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— Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies had one suspect in custody and were searching for another Friday following a robbery and high-speed nighttime chase in Hope Mills.

Woodrow Andrew Clark Jr., 29, of Charlotte, was captured after crashing his pickup truck into a tree on Jefferson Street shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday.

Deputies said they found Clark sitting in the driver’s side of the vehicle, apparently disoriented. His accomplice escaped into a nearby wooded area and apparently left a rifle and ammunition on the ground near the crash site, officials said.

Bystanders confirmed hearing several shots fired in the area.

Clark and his accomplice allegedly were running from a homeowner from whom they had stolen property.

Darrick Whitted, 36, told detectives he saw the suspects leaving his house with a pillow case full of items, officials said. Whitted said the suspects dropped the property near the back door of the house and fled in the pickup.

Whitted gave chase and called 911 for help when the suspects began to shoot at him, authorities said.

Clark was taken to the Cumberland County Detention Center, where he was being held under a $5,000 secured bond.

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  • Winthro Apr 25, 2008

    For someone who forcefully enters anothers residence at night, shoots at them in order to get away and endangers the public by fleeing at high speeds.......3 FELONYS. 5 Grand is not enough!!! He'll be out in a day or so and then it's a year at the earliest before they even find him again to get him in court. What a joke.

  • WRALSUCKS Apr 25, 2008

    Pretty low bond for B&E, assault with a deadly weapon, the high speed chase charges, etc.

    What a system!

  • R.O.BdaCZAR Apr 25, 2008

    That low bond is why b and e's are so common. They need to up it to a felony.

  • housemanagercary Apr 25, 2008

    Its only gonna get worse the worse the economy gets. Everyone needs to be even more careful and more aware of their surroundings. If you don't have homeowner's or renter's insurance on your belongings, now would be a good time to get an estimate. People are getting more and more desperate for money.

  • squirrelsunlimited Apr 25, 2008

    Not much of a bail.

  • Mom of two Apr 25, 2008

    $5,000 bond and shots were fired.

  • lovecarolinagutters Apr 25, 2008

    A $5000.00 bond for breaking in a house and then shooting at the homeowner???