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On Thursday, April 01, 2021 at approximately 12:38 am, Dejywan R. Floyd, 29, of Lumberton, NC was arrested in Parkview Apartments in Lumberton, NC.
Floyd is charged with first Degree Murder and Discharging a Weapon into an Occupied Property. The charges are in relation to the death of Julie Eberly, 47, of Mannheim Pennsylvania.
On Thursday March 25, 2021 at approximately 11:40 am, officers were dispatched to a subject shot near Exit 22 on I95 north of Lumberton.
Lumberton Police Department, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Robeson County EMS arrived to find Julie Eberly suffering from a gunshot wound. Julie Eberly was shot through the passenger door as she and her husband, Ryan Eberly were traveling on I95 South. Ryan Eberly was not injured. Immediate medical assistance was rendered until being transported to UNC Southeastern where she later died.
The investigation revealed a road rage encounter unknowingly developed after the victim’s GMC Yukon came close to the suspect’s Chevrolet Malibu during a merge into a lane. The suspect then pulled to the victim’s passenger side, rolled down his window and fired multiple shots into the passenger door. Witnesses stated that the suspect then drove off and exited at Exit 22. The victim’s vehicle then pulled over on I95 and waited for medical assistance.
Sheriff Burnis Wilkins stated “The arrest of Floyd is the direct result of law enforcement agencies and the community working together. The surveillance footage provided to investigators by dozens of cooperating businesses and residents were critical elements in the tracking of Floyd’s path in Cumberland County prior to the shooting and throughout Lumberton and beyond after the shooting. Regardless of the circumstances, no one deserved to be murdered while traveling our nations highways.” “I am proud of the work put forth by the law enforcement agencies that came together as one to bring this case to a successful conclusion” said Sheriff Wilkins.
Floyd was processed and placed in the custody of the Robeson County Detention Center without bond with a first appearance hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.
The investigation is ongoing. Lumberton Police Department, Fairmont Police Department, Robeson County 911 Communications Center, Robeson County District Attorney’s Office, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, U.S. Marshals Carolina Regional Fugitive Task and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with the investigation.
Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.