BLADENBORO — Two Robeson County men are in the Bladen County jail after being captured Friday in Lumberton after lawmen say they assaulted a clerk while robbing an IGA Grocery Store in that county.
Most of the stolen money was recovered.
Jordan Swett, 20, of Rowland, and Leroy Hardin, 19, of Lumberton, were arrested after a high-speed chase on N.C. 211 back to Lumberton and are jailed under secure bonds of $502,000 and $500,000.
According to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, a man entered the Bladenboro store shortly after 11 a.m. Friday, assaulted a clerk and fled with a cash box. He was seen getting into a small gray car and 911 was dispatched.
Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt saw the vehicle on N.C. 211 and attempted to stop it, but it fled north and into Robeson County before stopping near Antioch Grocery Store off of Old Whiteville Road. Hunt was able to arrest the driver, but the passenger fled on foot.
Additional law enforcement officers, K9’s and a helicopter were called in, and a manhunt followed. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., the second suspect was apprehended without incident about a half mile form Antioch Grocery. The cash box and all but $20 was recovered.
“Chief Hunt did an excellent job of pursing and apprehending the suspects in this case. Again the apprehension of the suspects in this case shows that close working relationships between law enforcement agencies can be beneficial for the safety of the citizens of our community and beyond,” McVicker said.
Assisting agencies includes the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Lumberton Police Department and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.