Police: Suspect in Break-In Struck, Injured Officer
A Southern Pines Man faces multiple charges, including felony assault, after police say he injured an officer during an investigation of an early morning break-in.
William Lee Jenkins, 41, is charged with felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny, felony assault inflicting physical injury government official, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, resist, delay and obstruct a public officer, misdemeanor injury to real property and two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest stems from an investigation by the patrol division into a report of a breaking and entering in the 1400 block of West Connecticut Avenue. The call was received at approximately at 4:16 a.m. Thursday. The caller provided a description of a subject leaving the scene.
Upon investigation, police said officers discovered Jenkins riding a bicycle from the area, matching the description given.
Officers approached Jenkins and he fled on the bicycle first and later on foot. When officers caught Jenkins, they say he struck an officer causing injury.
During the chase property belonging to two residents was damaged.
Jenkins in in the Moore County jail under a $25,000 secured bond pending a hearing on March 8 in Moore County District Court.
The Police offer the following tips from safeguarding items in vehicles:
- Always lock your vehicle
- Secure property in the lockable truck or storage area
- Remove property from plain sight or take it with you
Additionally, police ask that you report suspicious activity immediately by calling the Southern Pines Police at 910-693-1481 or on the crime tip line at (910) 693-4110.
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