A 27-year-old man was charged with murder early Monday after he used his SUV to run over a 16-year-old boy who took his cellphone in a Walmart parking lot, police say.
David Wendell Dixon was arrested after the teen, Monterio Devon Whitehead, was found dead in the driveway of a home on East Broad Street in Fuquay-Varina.
Dixon first encountered Whitehead, who was with two friends, at the Walmart in town, according to police. Whitehead reportedly walked up to Dixon's 2010 Mazda CX9 and asked to use his cellphone. Dixon agreed, and Whitehead took off running with the phone.
Police say Dixon used his vehicle to follow Whitehead to the Home Depot parking lot and then onto the 700 block of East Broad Street, where he sped through a tree line and struck Whitehead.
A woman called 911 just before 2 a.m. Monday and reported that a "suspicious person" was in the front yard of her home.
Officers found Whitehead in the woman's driveway behind Dixon's vehicle, Susan Weis, a town spokeswoman, reported. Dixon was still on the scene when police arrived.
Dixon and Whitehead apparently did not know one another.
Last month, on April 19, Cary police accused Whitehead and another teen of taking a cellphone from a Middle Creek High School student inside a restroom at the school, according to Capt. Randall Rhyne. Whitehead was charged with common law robbery.
Whitehead was most recently enrolled as a ninth-grader at Score Academy, an alternative high school with locations in Raleigh, Cary and Garner, said Lisa Luten, a spokeswoman for Wake County schools.
Police transported Dixon to the Wake County jail, where he is being held without bail, Weis said.
Police are continuing their investigation. They are urging anyone with information about the case to contact the Fuquay-Varina Police Department at 919-552-3191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.