A man, according to officials, armed and dangerous in the Fayetteville area is still wanted by the Fayetteville Police Department in a series of motor vehicle thefts, including Saturday, and a known associate has been arrested, said a Saturday morning press release.
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Norman Lynn Helton, 35, is linked to at least 23 motor vehicle thefts in the Fayetteville area and is viewed by police as armed and dangerous, the statement said. Detectives recovered all but four vehicles, the statement said.
Police arrested Lashante Chantel Fisher, 28, a known associate of Helton who was wanted on several related counts, the statement said.
Helton and Fisher were previously seen occupying a red 2010 Chevrolet Silverado four-door with a dark window tint and 33-inch tires, the statement said.
Police received a call indicating that a suspicious red Chevrolet pickup was on private property in the Massey Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning and upon arrival officers found the truck occupied by Helton and Fisher, who fled into a wooded area, according to the statement.
During the chase, Fisher was arrested, while Helton was able to escape police, the statement said.
Helton stepped up the use of a firearm in at least one attempted hijacking, the statement said.
Helton has targeted businesses where customers leave their vehicles unattended running, and police are warning residents to always take their keys with them when leaving their vehicle and not to leave their vehicle unattended, the statement said.
At around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 2900 block of Selma Drive with reference to the theft of a motor vehicle, a press release said on Saturday afternoon.
A white 2010 Ford F-150 four-door pickup truck with an extended cab with a black grille, black rims, an American flag fluttering on the back of the truck and the NC registration TCN-6423 was stolen by Norman Lynn Helton and has was last seen in the Gillespie Street area near Walmart, the statement said.
According to a previous statement, arrest warrants have been issued for Helton on charges of carjacking, assault with a firearm on police, evasion of law enforcement in a motor vehicle and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, escape from arrest in a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle. He is also wanted for several crimes, including assaulting a woman and resisting arrest.
Police are warning people not to approach Helton if he is seen and to call 911 immediately.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective A. Freeman at 910-973-0885 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org or by downloading the free âP3 Tipsâ app available from your device’s app store.
Criminal reporter Jack Boden can be contacted at [email protected]
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