Edgecombe County deputies are warning residents to beware of suspicious vehicles following individuals, adding two victims nearly were run off the road by the suspects.
The first incident happened around 11:30 p.m. May 13 when a man reported he was at U.S. 64 bypass at U.S. 64 Alternate when two vehicles followed him from the off-ramp onto the bypass.
“One of the vehicles was silver in color and had mirror-type tint on the windows. This car pulled alongside him and toward him, trying to get him off the road,” a press release states.
The man eventually evaded the pursuing vehicles but did not report the incident to law enforcement for nearly a month – by which time two similar incident had occurred. On June 3, a man told deputies he was followed from N.C. 42 near Scott’s Cross Roads nearly to Macclesfield.
“The young man stated that the vehicles tried to box him in and force him to stop,” the release states.
On Thursday, a woman reported a similar incident that started around 3:15 p.m. near the intersection of Faith Baptist Church and North Fountain Road. The woman said the vehicles followed her into Pinetops, only stopping when the woman pulled into the police station.
The description of the suspects’ vehicles varies, but authorities said one is a black or silver sedan and a larger dark-colored SUV-type vehicle – both of which have tinted windows. One victim reported one driver was a black man with dread locks.
Authorities warned residents to immediately call 911 or *HP for N.C. Highway Patrol if a similar incidence occurs and relay any identifying details of the drivers or the vehicles to law enforcement.