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Fayetteville Carjacking Leads To Multi-County Chase

Posted June 22, 2006

— Seven law enforcement agencies were involved in a multi-county chase that ended in a Bladen County crash.

Authorities say the incident started Wednesday afternoon in Fayetteville when 37-year-old Mike Young, of New York City, N.Y., and 30-year-old Jinnese Navarro, of Jersey City, N.J., took another woman's car at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville. Later in the afternoon, investigators said, a man and woman matching the description of the carjackers, robbed a motel in White Lake at gunpoint.

A Bladen County deputy saw the stolen vehicle and began to chase it. The chase went approximately five miles before the stolen vehicle crashed in a wooded area on Old Fayetteville Road.

Authorities said Young and Navarro ran into the woods, being chased by the deputy. According to investigators, once the deputy caught up with the pair, they started fighting with the deputy, overpowering him. They took the deputy's handgun and radio and fled the scene in the deputy's car.

Law enforcement agencies from Bladen, Cumberland and Sampson counties and troopers from the state Highway Patrol proceeded to pursue the suspects, who were later chased into another wooded area at U.S. 701 and N.C. 210 in Bladen County.

According to authorities, Young and Navarro tried to elude authorities again. Investigators said when officers saw Young, he pointed a gun at one of the police dog handlers. The dog later attacked Young and he was later arrested. Navarro was also apprehended.

Both suspects have been charged with two counts each of armed robbery, kidnapping, assault on an officer with a firearm, felony elude arrest and possession of stolen property. They are currently at the Bladen County Jail on $4 million bail.

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