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Pope Airman Arrested In Fayetteville Hit-And-Run

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Fayetteville Police Department, with the aid of the Air Force Office Of Special Investigations, has arrested and charged a Pope airman with felony hit-and-run.

Airman 1st Class Mark Edward Contreras, 23, was charegd in the death of Robert Michael Griffin.

Griffin was walking across Ramsey Street, near Villa Drive, Sunday when a car driving north on Ramsey St. struck him. He died instantly.

Contreras' arrest came after police received a tip concerning the hit-and-run and found his 2000 Ford Focus behind his residence. Police said evidence of the crime was clearly visible on the car. The car was towed to the police evidence bay for forensic processing.

According to investigators, Contreras, a Pope returned home after striking Griffin and hid his car behind his residence.

Contreras was confined in the Cumberland County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. Additional charges are pending.

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