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Carjacking Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder Of Cumberland County Deputy

Posted December 13, 2002

— A suspect in a Cumberland County carjacking led authorities on a chase in Fayetteville early Friday morning and fired at a deputy before being apprehended.

The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Charles Ronchelle Lewis of St.Pauls. he has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony speeding to elude, attemoted first-degree murder, assault on a government official with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Lewis was being held in the Cumberland County Jail on Friday under an $800,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Monday.

According to deputies, a witness to a carjacking in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant at the intersection of Skibo and Raeford roads reported the crime to off-duty deputy Joel Morissette at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Morissette, who police say had just come off duty, was in the parking lot of a restaurant on Raeford Road. He observed the stolen vehicle traveling past his location and attempted to stop the vehicle.

A short chase ensued and ended at 5407 Dairy Drive. The suspect jumped from the moving vehicle and fired one shot at Morissette.

The suspect was apprehended a short time later by officers of the Fayetteville Police Department in the parking lot of a church on Raeford Road.

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