Sunday, April 14, 2024

Lumberton police identify good Samaritan killed during carjacking; suspect faces murder, other charges

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WBTW) — Authorities have identified a good Samaritan who died Thursday morning while trying to intervene in a carjacking in Lumberton. Jonathan Adam Lecompte, 38, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was killed in the incident, according to Lumberton police.Lumberton police said Ricky Alex Driggers, 28, stole a vehicle and then intentionally hit Lecompte who was one of several Good Samaritans who tried to intervene in the incident. Authorities have charged Driggers with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted common law robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and felony fleeing to elude. He is being held without bond in the Robeson County Detention Center. The incident began at about 10:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of W. 5th Street. According to police, officers en route to a carjacking call were told the suspect had been involved in a hit-and-run in the parking lot of Go Gas at 2605 W. 5th Street and was trying to carjack a second vehicle on W. 5th Street in front of a McDonald’s restaurant. “Good Samaritans got involved to prevent the carjacking but the suspect was then able to steal the vehicle of one of the good Samaritans,” police said in a news release. “In the process of stealing the vehicle the suspect reportedly intentionally struck one of the good Samaritans with the stolen vehicle.” Lecompte was hit and pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said. Officers arriving at the scene, officers saw Driggers fleeing in the stolen vehicle and pursued him until he crashed on Selma Road near Highway 41. No additional information was immediately available. Count on News13 for updates. Source

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