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

Posted April 25, 2008 10:11 a.m. EDT
Updated April 25, 2008 11:06 a.m. EDT

— 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.