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2 Men Sought After Carjacked Vehicle Crashes Into Motel

Posted December 20, 2007
Updated December 21, 2007

— The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office was searching Friday for two men in connection with a kidnapping and carjacking that ended with a truck crashing into a motel.

Amelia Abrego Cencieros, 42, was carrying a bank deposit as she was leaving her son's restaurant, La Rancherita, at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when she was approached by two Hispanic men, authorities said.

The men grabbed her from behind and forced her at gunpoint into her Ford F-150 pickup truck, authorities said.

As they were traveling north on Bragg Boulevard approaching the intersection of N.C. Highway 87 and Manchester Road, Cencieros grabbed the steering wheel, crashing the vehicle into an unoccupied guest room at the Starlite Motel at 1576 N. Bragg Blvd., authorities said.

Cencieros was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment, and she was released Friday afternoon.

The two carjackers fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Deputies said they believe the men might have serious injuries to their heads and faces because there was a lot of blood in the truck.

The two men are considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500.


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  • smalldogsrule Dec 21, 2007

    The story doesn't describe the criminals, they are probably local thugs, as far as Ms. Cencieros and her family, the have been LEGAL residents of our community for a number of years. Their food rocks. Prayers with you Ms. C.

  • mayor Dec 21, 2007

    That lady has been watching Oprah! The police officers advise you to do that. If you are driving, run into something. Good girl. lol

  • ncsouthernbelle Dec 21, 2007

    Ms. Cencieros quick thinking probably saved her life - glad no one at the hotel was hurt. Hope Ms. Cencieros has a quick recovery and that the police catch these thugs!

  • St Ives Dec 21, 2007

    Good work, girl

  • BUCKEYEnNC Dec 21, 2007

    I've been to that place. It has good food. Probably won't go back!

  • -info- Dec 21, 2007

    "how about building that fence a little higher" I would be grateful if congress would build the fence they lied about that they promised...

  • Panther Dec 21, 2007

    Dumb and Dumber on the lamb again. Srallan17 Good One!!!

  • Space Mountain Dec 21, 2007

    That was a very brave thing for her to do. She kicks tail!

  • bigredtruckman Dec 21, 2007

    I agree, yougottabekidding. She probably saved her own life by crashing the vehicle. Too bad the crash didn't kill the robbers. Sounds like she is pretty much OK, though, which is a good thing.

  • lovecarolinagutters Dec 21, 2007

    Good thing nobody was in that motel room.