December 14, 2016
On 12/09/2016 Carteret County deputies arrested Dakota Douglas Fleeman, 19, of 145 Mann Blvd, Newport, following a search warrant that was executed by detectives and the Carteret County Multi- Jurisdiction 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. On one occasion, “Red”, the Sheriff’s Office bloodhound tracking dog handled by Chief Deputy Franklin Fulcher led deputies from one of the recovered vehicles to the back door of Fleemans home.
Detectives learned the Fleeman was using the stolen vehicles to travel to Walmart in Havelock and Jacksonville where he was captured on surveillance video at both locations using stolen credit cards from not only the stolen vehicles but other vehicles he had broken into.
As SRT officers made entry into the residence in the early morning hours on Friday Fleeman attempted to escape by doing a “Superman” drive through his bedroom window. He was quickly apprehended by waiting deputies on the perimeter. At the completion of the search warrant stolen property and keys to stolen vehicles were recovered.
At the current time Fleeman has been charged with four counts Larceny of Motor Vehicles, six counts of Breaking and Entering motor vehicles, six counts larceny, six counts of possession of stolen property, financial card theft, resist, obstruct, and delay, and property damage.
On Monday, 12/12/2016, as Fleeman was being returned to his cell after being served additional warrants he assaulted a Carteret County detention officer in the elevator and attempted to use her to escape the facility. Fleeman was quickly subdued by detention officers and detectives who heard the commotion. Fleeman now faces additional felony charges of assault inflicting injury on a detention officer and attempting to escape a local confinement facility. After his first appearance his bond was increased to just over half-a million dollars ($505,000.00).
At the current time Carteret County officials are working with detectives from the Newport, Havelock and Jacksonville Police departments. Numerous additional financial card fraud/forgery and obtaining property by false pretenses charges on Fleeman for crimes committed in those jurisdictions are imminent.