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Raleigh police nab suspect in Goldsboro beating, car burning

Posted February 18, 2011 9:20 a.m. EST

— Raleigh police on Wednesday arrested a man wanted on charges that he participated in the beating of a Goldsboro man and helped set his car on fire.

Goldsboro police said that Kenneth Bernard Dixon, 34, helped Tammy Ray Ferrell, 39, beat and rob a man on Jan. 27, then stole his vehicle. The burned-out car was found on a dead-end street.

Police issued arrests warrants charging both Dixon and Ferrell, both of 1717 W. Grantham St., with armed robbery, first-degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle and burning personal property. Ferrell was also charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and financial card fraud.

Ferrell was arrested and placed in the Wayne County jail under a $200,000 secured bond.

Dixon evaded law enforcement until his arrest in Raleigh this week. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $1.5 million secured bond.

State Department of Correction records show that he has multiple previous convictions for drug possession and driving with a revoked license from the past decade.

Ferrell was convicted as a habitual felon in 2001, and she has spent more than 18 of the past 21 years in prison, according to DOC records. Her past convictions include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, common-law robbery, breaking-and-entering, larceny of firearms and attempting to escape prison.