Sheriff James A. McVicker said a call into the Bladen 911 Center shortly before 10 am by a concerned neighbor resulted in the foiling of a breaking and entering and a high speed chase.
The call was about a home in the 8300 block of NC 41 West, Bladenboro.
“We received a call from a neighbor of suspicious activity at a home where the
homeowner was out of town,” said Sheriff McVicker. “When my deputy went to check out the area he saw a vehicle near the residence and when he went to investigate the car took off driving very erratically and at a high speed.”
McVicker said the chase went down several side roads in Bladen County before the suspects turned back onto NC 41 and fled into Robeson County. The suspects attempted to cut through the parking lot of a convenience store near Littlefield School on NC 41 when they struck two other vehicles and the deputies vehicle who was pursuing them.
Both suspects fled from the scene on foot and one was apprehended a short distance away. The deputy was transported to Bladen County Hospital where he was treated and released for back injuries. Sheriff McVicker said the suspect vehicle, which was a rental car, and the patrol car were both heavily damaged.
Deputies recovered two weapons from the suspect vehicle, one of which had been reported stolen earlier. Property was also recovered from the home where the break in occurred today.
Arrested at the scene was Michael K Chavis, 33, of 434 Turkey Branch Road, Fairmont. Chavis was charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm By A Felon, Larceny of a Firearm, Breaking and Entering, Larceny After Breaking and Entering and two counts of Possession of Stolen Goods. He bond was set at $235,000.00.
A second suspect, James Robert Lewis, 37, of 153 Derrick Road, Fairmont is still at large. He has been charged with the same charges as Chavis.
Sheriff McVicker urges the public to please call either the Bladen County Sheriff’s
Office or the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office if they have information on the
whereabouts of Lewis.
“I wish to thank the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State
Highway Patrol for their assistance in this matter, said McVicker. “Their quick response to our request for help was instrumental in the arrest of Chavis and discovering the identity of Lewis.”