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Man sought after car rams apartment building

Posted August 22, 2008 12:33 p.m. EDT
Updated August 28, 2008 10:10 p.m. EDT

— A man slammed his car into a Raleigh apartment building Friday morning, hitting two people, during an argument with his former girlfriend, witnesses and police said.

Police were searching Friday night for Cory Spinks, 29, who investigators said fled on foot after the incident off New Bern Avenue and Milburnie Road, near WakeMed.

Warrants have been issued charging Spinks with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count each of damage to personal property and damage to real property.

Witnesses said Spinks and his former girlfriend were arguing outside a quadplex building in the 200 block of North Peartree Lane. The woman was standing at the top of a stairwell, while her uncle and teenage nephew were at the bottom of the steps.

Spinks apparently became angry when the woman kicked him out of her apartment and refused to let him back inside, and he got in his Nissan Maxima and drove into the building, hitting the woman's uncle and nephew, witnesses said.

Dennis Earl Rowe, 45, and a 15-year-old boy, were treated at WakeMed and released. Police withheld the teen's name.

Ervin Brantley said he was watching television in his apartment when the car hit the building.

"I just happened to look out the window, and the car was coming straight toward the window. I guess the steps stopped it from coming through my window. It was chaos from there," Brantley said. "It sounded like loud thunder. All I heard was boom."