LUMBERTON — After a two-week manhunt, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Pembroke man wanted on charges ranging from arson to attempted robbery.
John David Oxendine, 28, was arrested early Monday at a home on University Road in Pembroke where sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Pembroke Police Department found him sleeping, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.
Those authorities along with the state Highway Patrol, U.S. marshals and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office helicopter team had been searching for Oxendine for about two weeks in homes, barns and woods around Pembroke and Lumberton, the statement said.
Warrants were taken out for Oxendine earlier this month and, according to the statement, he has committed more crimes since the search for him began.
Oxendine, who lives on Trixie Drive, was one of two men charged in connection with a fire at Friendship Mission Baptist Church on Prospect Road on June 19. The Sheriff’s Office says the fire broke out while he and Quentin Ray Chavis siphoned gas from a church van using a battery-powered pump, which sparked. The van was destroyed.
On Aug. 8, Oxendine set fire to his girlfriend’s home on Will Road. Warrants were taken out charging him with second-degree arson, burning personal property, larceny after breaking and entering, injury to real property and felony breaking and entering. Oxendine is also charged with assaulting and threatening the woman, the statement said.
In an unrelated incident, Oxendine is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and attempted robbery with a weapon, the statement said.
Oxendine also failed to appear for several court dates while evading authorities and is charged with resisting an officer. He failed to appear for court dates regarding the following charges: common law robbery; assault with a deadly weapon; trafficking in cocaine; possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; maintaining a drug dwelling; two counts of possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer; statutory rape; assault inflicting serious injury; driving with license revoked; and two felony probation violations.
As of Tuesday evening, bond for all of the charges Oxendine is facing has amounted to $870,000. According to the statement, more charges against Oxendine could follow, as well as charges against those who helped him elude arrest.