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Suspect In Multi-State Crime Spree Surrenders; Two Remain At Large

Posted May 7, 2004

— One of three people sought for a series of crimes is in custody.

According to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Tahishei Lakiba Harrison surrendered to the Clay County Sheriff's Office in Jacksonville, Fla., around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Harrison is being held pending extradition proceedings.

A nationwide manhunt continues for Michael Jerome Philon and Mary Ann Webb.

The trio's crime spree began April 27 in Fayetteville when officials say they shot Alton Smith, 66, of Fayetteville in the face. Smith was robbed him and left for dead.

Officials say the next day, the group moved on to Dunn, where they stole 73-year-old William Dennis' car. Dennis and his car are missing.

Investigators say the group was last seen trying to kidnap a woman in Maryland on May 5. The woman managed to escape.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, the Dunn Police Department, the Maryland State Police are working on the case with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at

(910) 323-1500

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