LUMBERTON — Within an hour of an attempted robbery, car chase and shooting on Friday afternoon, three teenagers were taken into custody, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, and more arrests are expected.
Tina Sanderson arrived at her Milan Drive home around 4 p.m. on Friday when she saw a small, white vehicle parked in front of the home, said Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.
A man and a women were sitting in the vehicle, waiting. Three men emerged from Sanderson’s home carrying several items, including her television, which they dropped upon seeing Sanderson and fled in the white car.
Sealey said Sanderson called 911 and remained on the phone with dispatchers as she pursued the car in order to get a license plate number. One of the intruders pulled out a .45-caliber handgun, hung out of the vehicle and fired several shots at Sanderson, who was not injured.
Sealey said deputies pursued the car, which was headed west on Pope’s Crossing toward N.C. 41. Detective Darrell Little spotted the vehicle as it crossed over Lovette Road and chased it, followed by several other vehicles from the Sheriff’s Office.
One of the men jumped out of the speeding vehicle at the bend in Pope’s Crossing just before N.C. 41 and fled on foot, Sealey said. He was later captured.
About a half mile farther down the road, the car was forced to stop because of traffic at an intersection, and two more men fled on foot, Sealey said.
“They were tyring to make it to Highway 41, but there was so much traffic they couldn’t make it out,” Sealey said.
All five people in the car were taken in for questioning, leading to three arrests.
Tysheen Thomas, 19, of Nor Street in Fayetteville, was charged with breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. He is being held at the Robeson County jail under a $10,000 bond.
Qualik Tisdale, 19, of 110 Olan Drive in Lumberton, was charged with burglary, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. He is being held at the Robeson County jail under a $10,000 bond.
Shilec Rockwell, 19, of 3587 Dallas Road in Lumberton, was charged with discharging a firearm into occupied property, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering,and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering. He is being held at the Robeson County jail under a $25,000 bond.
According to Sealey, Rockwell had been released from jail two weeks ago on armed robbery charges.
The other two people had not been charged as of Saturday afternoon, but Sealey said more charges are likely
A similar incident occurred in Bladenboro on Wednesday morning. A women had arrived home to intruders, who fled in a gray, older-model car after shooting her. Sealey said his detectives were contacting Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to see if the two cases might be related.