Robeson Co. manhunt called off for burglary suspect

Units on scene during search (Source: Geraldine Herring)
Units on scene during search (Source: Geraldine Herring)

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) Robeson County deputies are searching for a man who reportedly ran into a wooded area after fleeing from police Monday afternoon. As of 8:30 p.m. Monday evening, the manhunt has been called off.

Sheriff Kenneth Sealey with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a burglary in progress along Pridgen Road just northeast of Lumberton around noon. When they got there, they saw a suspect get into a vehicle and flee the scene.

A chase ensued and ended with the suspect's vehicle crashing in the area of Highway 41 and Snake Road just outside Lumberton city limits. The suspect then ran into the woods, Sealey said.

Deputies, as well as Lumberton police officers searched for the suspect in the woods all day Monday, until they called off the search for the night. He's been described as a Native American male believed to have long black hair wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

K-9 units were on scene to assist with the search. Just before 6 p.m., a helicopter with a night vision camera was called in from the North Carolina Highway Patrol to assist in locating this suspect, but was not successful in locating him.

Deputies have an idea on the identity of the suspect, but are not releasing the name or any information on his identity at this time.

The suspect's car will be processed in the morning, and fingerprints will be compared with the identity of the alleged suspect, as well as any DNA samples that can be found.

It is unknown at this time if the suspect has any weapons. Anyone in the area should use caution. If you see the suspect, call police immediately.

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