PEMBROKE — Five people have been charged after breaking into a Pembroke home and leading a deputy on a brief car chase during which shots were fired at his patrol car, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.
A resident at a home on the 3000 block of Prospect Road reported at about 3 a.m. Friday that someone was trying to break into his house by removing his window air-conditioning unit. Deputy Roy Locklear was on his way to the home when a description of the suspects’ vehicle — a gold Scion — came over his radio, Sealey said.
Locklear saw the Scion and activated his lights and siren. A passenger in the back of the car stuck his hand out of the window and fired three shots toward Locklear’s patrol car, Sealey said. Locklear was not injured and his vehicle was not damaged.
Locklear pursued the vehicle until its driver pulled over near the intersection of N.C. 710 and St. Anna Road — about two miles from the Prospect Road home. Sealey said the chase lasted about three of four minutes and that nothing was stolen from the home.
According to Sealey, one of five people in the vehicle ran. Aaron Nehemiah Cummings, 19, of Corey Road, was arrested later Friday morning and charged with attempted first-degree burglary, as well as warrants issued in May for breaking and entering.
Christopher Smiling, 17, of Stanton Road, Maxton; Koleena Allen, 20, of Deep Branch Road, Lumberton; and Aaron Butler, 19, of Moonlight Lane, Pembroke were also charged with attempted first-degree burglary. Dalton Keanu Smiling, 20, of Stanton Road, Maxton, was charged with attempted first-degree burglary and assault with a firearm on a government official. According to an arrest report, he was in possession of a shotgun.
Each was jailed at the Robeson County Detention Center under $500,000 bond.
Sealey said the case is still under investigation by the Major Crimes and Patrol divisions.
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