A Sanford man remains in the Harnett County Detention Center following a Tuesday morning robbery, carjacking and chase that led police across five counties and onto Fort Bragg.
Around 8:45 a.m. Harnett County Deputies received a report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General Store located on N.C. 27 in Cameron.
According to Harnett County Sheriff’s Office Maj.Jeff Huber, 28-yeaer-old Brandon Raul Navarro stole 20 packs of cigarettes at knifepoint before leaving the store only to carjack a 2005 Dodge Dakota from the parking lot of the store.
Mr. Navarro then led police a chase that involved officers from Moore County, Hoke County, the Vass Police Department and Military Police units from Fort Bragg.
According to Maj. Huber, a deputy responding to the call saw a vehicle matching the description of the truck allegedly taken by Mr. Navarro driving on McKoy Town Road approximately two miles from the store.
A chase then began that took pursuing units to Moore, Hoke County and onto Fort Bragg where the suspect was arrested after wrecking.
Mr. Navarro is accused of fleeing the parking lot then driving on McKoy Town Road before getting on N.C. 24/27.
During the chase, Mr. Navarro is accused of running at least two other vehicles off the road as he drove toward Moore County at a high rate of speed. Witnesses estimated the speed of the truck exceeded 100 mph.
The truck began traveling down U.S. 1 before leading officers in pursuit through the countryside and through the Town of Vass.
The suspect then drove the vehicle out of Vass and back toward Harnett County. The pursuit continued to near Spring Lake when the suspect turned onto Manchester Road where he ran more vehicles off the road, again according to witnesses exceeding 100 mph, until reaching Morganton Road before making his way to Fort Bragg where he crashed the stolen truck.
“At approximately 9:30 a.m. the suspect wrecked unassisted on Morganton Road, Fort Bragg and was taken into custody, no injuries were reported,” Maj. Huber said. “The suspect stole approximately 20 packs of cigarettes from the store and a knife, believed to be the weapon used in the robbery, was found in the vehicle at the time of his arrest.”
Maj. Huber said as of presstime no state charges had yet been filed and detectives were in communication with the U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding any federal charges.