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Man wanted for 10 home break-ins, violating probation

Posted May 2, 2008 5:16 p.m. EDT

— A man wanted in at least 10 home break-ins has also violated his probation for a concealed-weapons conviction, according to state Department of Correction records.

Investigators believe that Ronald Tavarus Thaggard, 22, of 110 Chase St., committed eight home break-ins in Cumberland County and two in Fayetteville.

Thaggard faces eight felony charges for breaking and entering charges and speeding to elude arrest, along with related charges.

Deputies warned that Thaggard is a known gang member and is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Detectives said Thaggard; Ramone Haison Ethridge, 27, of 425 Sherman Drive; and Christopher Michael Epps, 16, of 107 Bruce Lane, kicked in the doors of four apartments off Elk Road in Fayetteville on Thursday.

A pregnant woman called 911 and hid with her 4-year-old child in the upstairs bathroom after she heard the front door of her apartment crash open, authorities said.

Deputies in unmarked cars tracked the three suspects in a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee to Whitfield Street in the Massey Hill community. The men abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Deputies caught Ethridge and Epps in the parking lot of Massey Hill Classical High School on Southern Avenue.

Both suspects both face felony charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

Thaggard is known to frequent the Ramsey Street area near the VA Medical Center, as well as the Sapona Road area. Anyone who spots Thaggard should not approach him, but instead call 911.

Thaggard was on probation for a conviction on carrying on a concealed weapon in February 2007. He served 33 days in jail for a previous probation violation in 2003.

Anyone with information concerning this suspect is urged to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500