Police catch accused robber

Action began after a car wreck

From Staff ReportsOctober 18, 2005 

Smithfield police chased down a man they say went on a robbery rampage after wrecking his car on Interstate 95.

This is how Smithfield Police Capt. Bruce Gentry explained the night:

Christopher Right Dunn, 38, wrecked his car, then made his way to a convenience market at 825 Brogden Road, just off the interstate. Dunn grabbed $10 from a customer, then hopped into the cab of a pickup truck after the driver went to pay for his gas.

When the passenger in the truck tried to yank the keys out of the ignition to keep Dunn from starting it, he bit her finger, according to police. The driver heard a commotion and pulled Dunn from the truck -- but not before Dunn swiped several hundred dollars stashed in the truck.

Police later spotted Dunn running toward a wooded area behind the market, Gentry said. Dunn jumped in an empty vehicle on Martin Luther King Road and refused to exit, Gentry said. An officer used the owner's keys to unlock the door and ordered Dunn out. Still he refused, so an officer used pepper spray.

Officers charged Dunn with robbery, assault on a female and breaking and entering. Dunn, of 115 Milky Way Drive in Apex, was still in Johnston County jail Monday evening.

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