A Newport man has been arrested in connection with a three-county crime spree and additional charges for an attempted escape from a detention facility and assaulting an officer.
Police say that Dakota Douglas Fleeman, 19, of 145 Mann Blvd., was using stolen vehicles to transport him to Walmart stores in Havelock and Jacksonville in order to make purchases using stolen credit cards.
Fleeman was arrested on December 9 and is charged with four counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, six counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles, six counts of larceny, six counts of possession of stolen property, financial card theft, resist, obstruct and delay an officer and property damage.
According to a release Wednesday morning from the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Fleeman was arrested after a search warrant was executed by officers from the Carteret County Milti Jurisdictional Special Response Team.
“In the week prior, Fleeman was developed as a suspect after numerous vehicles were reported stolen that were found abandoned near his home,” the release stated. “On one occasion, “Red,” the Sheriff’s Office bloodhound tracking dog handled by Chief Deputy Franklin Fulcher led deputies from one of he recovered vehicles to the back door of Fleeman’s home.”
According to the release, Fleeman was captured on surveillance video at Walmart stores in both Havelock and Jacksonville as he used stolen credit cards that had been obtained from the stolen vehicles and other vehicles he had broken into.
As officers entered Fleeman’s home during the early morning hours December 9, the young man attempted to escape by diving out of his bedroom window like “Superman.” Fleeman was captured by waiting deputies. Stolen property and keys to stolen vehicles were recovered at the Fleeman household.
According to the release, on Monday, Fleeman attempted to escape from the Carteret County Jail.
“As Fleeman was being returned to his cell after being served with additional warrants he assaulted a Carteret County detention officer in the elevator and attempted to use her to escape from the facility,” the release said. “Fleeman was quickly subdued by detention officers and detectives who heard the commotion.”
Fleeman has now been charged with felony assault inflicting injury on a detention officer as well as attempting to escape a local confinement facility.
At a first appearance hearing, Fleeman’s bond was raised to $505,000.
Detectives from Carteret County, Newport, Havelock and Jacksonville are working together and, according to the release, additional charges of credit card fraud and forgery and other charges against Fleeman are imminent.