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Report update at 1:54 p.m. by Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

Suspect Named In Car Jacking Incident Elizabethtown Middle School

Sheriff James A. McVicker said a suspect has now been named and warrants obtained after a school bus driver was robbed at gunpoint before day Monday, May 20th.

McVicker said the incident occurred at approximately 4:15 a.m. The driver of a school bus arrived to pick up her bus at Elizabethtown Middle School to begin her route. The driver told deputies as she pulled into the school she was stopped by a black male with dread locks and a white female with red hair who told her their car had run out of gas on the off ramp of NC 87 and US 701 and asked if she would take them to get gas. She told them she had to start her route and could not help them.

The bus driver then started her bus and went to park her car when she was confronted by the male suspect who pointed a gun at her and made her give him her car, her purse and cell phone. The male got in the driver seat and his female companion jumped in the back seat and they drove off.

The victim drove her bus to the Sheriff’s Office and reported the crime. She reported the theft of her cell phone valued at $600.00, her purse with $30.00 cash and her 2014 Chevrolet Cruze valued at $15,000. The victim was not harmed in the incident Deputies located a vehicle abandoned on the off ramp of NC 87 and seized it. Based on this seizure they developed a suspect who was positively identified in a photo array by the victim. Investigators have also obtained other evidence linking the suspect to the crime independent of the victim.

Warrants were obtained today, Wednesday, and Michael Darrell Smith, aka (Pooh Daddy), 33, of 279 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC, has been charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Robbery With a Dangerous Weapon, Second Degree Kidnapping, and Felonious Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. Smith is also entered as wanted by the Department of Corrections as an Absconder for Parole Violation for a previous Armed Robbery he committed and served time for.

Michael Darrell Smith, aka (Pooh Daddy), 33, of 279 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC,

“We know Smith and the vehicle he stole were last seen in the Red Springs area of Robeson County,” said Sheriff McVicker. “We have been working with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office to develop leads to help us locate Smith and get him in custody.

We are asking the help of the public in that area to assist us. This was a crime of
opportunity and our victim was just in the right place at the wrong time.

Thankfully she was not injured and we are working to locate and recover her vehicle and other personal belonging.”
Sheriff McVicker asked that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Smith contact their closest law enforcement agency. Smith is considered armed and dangerous.

McVicker said they are also seeking any information on the female who was with Smith during the robbery. Anyone with information can contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.

Report on May 21, 2019

A school bus driver was robbed at gunpoint before sunrise Tuesday as she arrived at Elizabethtown Middle School to pick up her bus, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said.

According to McVicker, the driver arrived at the school about 4:15 a.m. Tuesday. The driver told deputies as she pulled into the school that she was stopped by two people who said their car had run out of gas on the off-ramp of NC 87 and US 701, which is about a mile from the school. The driver described the suspects as a black man with dreadlocks and a white woman with red hair.

The driver, who was not identified in a news release from the Sheriff’s Office, said the people asked her if she would take them to get gas. She told them that she could not because she had to start her bus route.

The driver then started her bus and went to park her car when she was confronted by the man who pointed a gun at her and made her give him the car, her purse and cell phone, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The man then got in the driver’s seat of the woman’s car and his companion got in the back seat, and the pair drove off.

The victim drove her bus to the Sheriff’s Office and reported the theft of her cell phone valued at $600, her purse with $30 cash and her 2014 Chevrolet Cruze valued at $15,000. The victim was not harmed in the incident, according to the news release.

Deputies located a vehicle abandoned on the off-ramp of NC 87. The Sheriff’s Office says it has developed a suspect who has been positively identified by the victim.

The case remains under investigation, McVicker said.

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