PEMBROKE — There is a twist in the case involving the uncooperative Red Springs woman who was shot Wednesday in a restaurant parking lot, according to a Pembroke police detective.
“We were able to resolve the investigation with the cooperation of the suspect, Mr. Strong,” Detective Ed Strickland said Friday. “I spoke with him on the phone. He voluntarily turned himself in at the police department around 5 p.m. today.”
Dewey Strong, 35, of the 100 block of Calvary Drive in Maxton, was charged Friday with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, Strickland said. He was taken to the Robeson County Detention Center.
“He has been before a magistrate and placed under an secured bond,” Strickland said. “He was also charged with discharging a firearm within the Pembroke city limits.”
The amount of the bond was not available.
“Strong is not from Pembroke. Because he surrendered himself to law enforcement we saved time and resources,” Strickland said. “We would have had to serve a warrant and utilize assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.”
Pembroke police responded at 8:32 p.m. Wednesday to a shooting at the McDonald’s restaurant at 801 W. Third St. Dorena Michelle Enriquez, of the 200 block of Green Hill Road, was found inside the restaurant with a gunshot wound to the upper left leg.
The 31-year-old victim told officers who had shot her, but did not provide a motive.
Enriquez was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center for treatment of the injury. She refused medical treatment and left the hospital against the hospital’s advice.
An interview between Robeson County sheriff’s deputies and Strong’s mother revealed the motive was a “domestic situation.”
Strong had accused Enriquez of stealing his property and Strong shot her in retaliation.
A statement from Enriquez was needed to charge Strong with the shooting, but she refused to provide a statement.
Video surveillance placed Strong at the scene. However, the shooting was not captured on camera.
Enriquez eventually filed a statement Friday afternoon with the Pembroke Police Department, Strickland said.
”We advised Mr. Strong to pursue charges against Enriquez for the theft of his property,” he said.
Strong is scheduled to appear in court in Pembroke on Aug. 29.
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