CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. -- Authorities in Cabarrus County have arrested a third man in connection with a multi-county crime spree that began in Charlotte, moved to Cabarrus County then to Stanly county before ending in Anson County last Wednesday.
The crime spree last Wednesday morning resulted in a shootout and the arrest of one suspect and the end of a manhunt for the second.
First, Jarvis Terez Marsh, 30, was taken into custody after crashing a stolen police vehicle while fleeing a shootout with deputies. Marsh was taken to Stanly County Hospital to receive treatment for a gunshot wound.
Authorities say 23-year-old Robert Lamar Smith, the second suspect, turned himself in to officials in Anson County. He was taken into custody on several charges including robbery, kidnapping and burglary. His bond was set at $1,600,000.
On Tuesday, with the assistance of Anson County Sheriff's Deputies, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team arrested 23-year-old Edward Antonio Hudson in connection with the crime spree.
According to jail records, Hudson was booked in to the Mecklenburg County Jail for attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary, flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, reckless driving, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and driving while license revoked. His bonds total $244,000.
Police have not said exactly which events they believe Hudson is tied to.
The string of events began with a victim's car being stolen during a home invasion on Tuesday night in Mecklenburg County, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Then, the Stanly County Sheriff's Office said they assisted on a call for a home invasion and assault in the Midland area of Cabarrus County around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Officers searched for the suspects with the assistance of a K9 unit, but no suspects were found.
The vehicle stolen in Tuesday night's home invasion was used during the course of a crime in Cabarrus County, and was spotted by authorities in Stanly County, according to CMPD.
Around 7 a.m., officials said a victim was carjacked at gunpoint in the Midland area. About 20 minutes later, a vehicle matching the description of the stolen car was spotted on Highway 24/27. Stanly County deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle and its two occupants fled.
A short time later, a deputy saw a man in an open field south of Albemarle near Stoney Gap Road and the Stanly County Fairgrounds. When the deputy made contact, officials said the man fired a handgun, stole the police vehicle and attempted to leave the scene but ended up exchanging fire with a second deputy before taking off southbound on Highway 52 toward Norwood, and a chase ensued.
After leading officers on a chase through the town of Norwood, the suspect, Marsh, crashed the vehicle just inside the Anson County line on Highway 52, officials say.
Marsh is being held on parole violations, but officials say additional charges are pending.
The Sheriff's Department sent out an alert to residents living within a two-mile radius of Stoney Gap Road and Highway 52, where the suspect was last seen. They are asking anyone who has information to call the Stanly County Sheriff's Department.
Authorities say a 92-year-old woman was seriously injured during the trio's crime spree.
Stanly County Sheriff's Office, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are each conducting investigations related to incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday inside their respective jurisdictions.