A Feb. 7 car chase led to the arrest of a potential suspect in a reported larceny at Ronnie’s Appliance the day before, according to reports from the Roxboro Police Department and Person County Sheriff’s Office.
Roxboro Chief of Police David Hess told The Courier-Times officers were dispatched to the appliance store at 3:13 p.m. on Feb. 7. Hess said two men driving a U-Haul had attempted to purchase a washer and dryer with a credit card that did not match their names and an employee called the RPD.
The next day around 1 p.m., a Person County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a similar U-Haul truck traveling northbound on U.S. 501 near Miller Road in Timberlake, according to the report released by the Person County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy noted that the driver attempted to slump down in the seat to avoid being seen and after the deputy pulled out behind the truck it slowed down to approximately 10 miles per hour under the speed limit.
After the deputy pulled up beside the truck, it turned on to a side street and the deputy turned into another to watch for the truck.
Later, the deputy saw the U-Haul traveling northbound on U.S. 501 and pulled out to follow it when they received information from a RPD officer that confirmed that the U-Haul was also involved with the incident at Ronnie’s Appliance.
The deputy attempted to pull the U-Haul over near Palace Pointe when the vehicle began speeding to around 75 miles per hour in the 45 mile per hour zone and weaving through traffic.
When the vehicles reached Flat River Church Road, another deputy pulled in front of the truck in an attempt to slow it down, but it turned onto Somerset Church Road traveling approximately 50 miles per hour in the 35 miles per hour zone.
The vehicle turned onto Summer Ridge Road and then onto Gates Street before reaching a dead end. The deputy’s report states that three black males exited the vehicle and fled on foot into the woods. Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Roxboro Police Department responded to the scene and set up a perimeter.
Responders found various evidence including blank cards and a card embossing machine in the U-Haul.
After some continued their search, deputies reported that a suspect was heading back to the scene of the vehicle and officers arrested Daquan KC Hill of 112 Overby Drive, Durham.
After K9 units exhausted their leads, the other two suspects remained at large.
Hill, 24, was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle by the Person County Sheriff’s Office after being detained Feb. 7 and with felony possession of a forged instrument and felony possession of credit fraud forgery equipment the next day by the Roxboro Police Department. Hill also had six open felony warrants in Durham County. Additional charges of felony larceny and felony identity theft were taken out by the Roxboro Police Department Thursday. Hill is being held under a $100,000 bond for the charges.
Hess said investigations are ongoing.