Suspect Jumps In River to Elude police (Photo: WRAL)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.-- Investigators in Fayetteville say they plan to search underwater for a robbery suspect who jumped into the Cape Fear River Wednesday morning.
Officers told WRAL-TV they received a report of an armed robbery at the Kangaroo convenience store on South Main Street in Hope Mills at approximately midnight. A short time later, an officer saw a teal Ford F-150 matching the suspect vehicle description on North Eastern Boulevard and attempted to stop the pickup truck.
During the traffic stop, a female passenger, identified as Brandy Baker, jumped from the vehicle and the driver sped off, police said. She was taken into custody, questioned, and was later released.
Officers continued to pursue the truck and the chase ended on Medina Road, where icy vegetation caused the officer's car to slide into the back of the pickup truck. The patrol car received minor damage to the front of the vehicle.
According to the officer, the suspect in the truck got out and jumped into the Cape Fear River. The officer called for assistance, and he along with another officer jumped into the water to save the man, but were unable to reach him, investigators said.
WRAL is reporting officers searched by boat and in surrounding woods for the man and did not find him. A police dive team was launched Wednesday afternoon to search underwater.
Detectives believe the suspect may be involved in other robberies. Police told WRAL they are withholding the suspect's name pending positive identification and family notification.