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Lengthy criminal record for Lumberton man charged by deputies in fatal I-95 road rage shooting

Deputies arrested Dejywan Floyd, 29, of Lumberton just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 8:57 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 1, 2021 at 11:06 AM EDT
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LUMBERTON, N.C. (WITN) - The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection to a fatal road rage shooting on I-95.

Deputies arrested Dejywan Floyd, 29, of Lumberton just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday. He’s charged with first degree murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied property.

Floyd is accused of fatally shooting Julie Eberly, 47, of Pennsylvania one week ago. Officials say Eberly was shot through the passenger door as she and her husband, Ryan Eberly, were driving near exit 22 on I-95 South near Lumberton. Ryan was not injured. Julie later died at the hospital.

Investigators say the shooting was the result of road rage. They say the Eberly’s car came close to the suspect’s car while merging lanes. Deputies say Floyd then pulled to the Eberly’s passenger side, rolled down his window and fired multiple shots into the passenger door.

The Eberly’s had just celebrated their wedding anniversary and were headed to Hilton Head, South Carolina to vacation.

Floyd is being held without bond at the Robeson County Detention Center and is scheduled for a first court appearance Thursday.

Floyd’s criminal record shows several convictions including one for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was convicted in 2015 and released from prison in 2018.

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The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has released an additional surveillance photo of the suspect’s vehicle involved in a deadly road rage shooting in the area of exit 22 on I95 South, Lumberton on Thursday, March 25.

The sheriff’s office released the first picture Monday afternoon and a second of the same vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

The vehicle is a silver four-door Chevrolet Malibu between the years 2008-2013 with North Carolina license plates. The vehicle has tinted windows and chrome trim around the window frame.

The suspect is described as an African American male with dreadlocks.

On March 25 around 11:40 a.m. law enforcement arrived to find 47-year-old Julie Eberly of Mannheim Pennsylvania, a mother of 6, suffering from a gunshot wound. J. Eberly was shot through the passenger door. Her husband, Ryan Eberly was not injured. She later died at the hospital.

The two had just celebrated their wedding anniversary and were headed to Hilton Head, South Carolina to vacation.

Anyone who has a business or resides in the areas of Elm Street and Roberts Avenue is asked to review their surveillance system for the vehicle in the photograph.

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins stated “We are going to aggressively track down the driver of this vehicle. Detectives have worked non stop 24/7 to identify this coward. If you know who it is and who owns this car, come forward NOW. Do not become part of a conspiracy and call us NOW”.

A $20,000 reward is now being offered in the case.

Sheriff’s Investigators are asking that anyone with information pertaining to this investigation, please call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3170 or email sheriff@robesoncoso.org.

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The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has released a surveillance picture of the suspect’s vehicle involved in a deadly road rage shooting in the area of exit 22 on I95 South, Lumberton on Thursday, March 25.

Investigators have identified the suspect’s vehicle from surveillance footage and are seeking additional footage.

The vehicle is a silver four-door Chevrolet Malibu between the years 2008-2013 with North Carolina license plates. The vehicle has tinted windows and chrome trim around the window frame.

The suspect is described as an African American male with dreadlocks.

On March 25 around 11:40 a.m. law enforcement arrived to find 47-year-old Julie Eberly of Mannheim Pennsylvania, a mother of 6, suffering from a gunshot wound. J. Eberly was shot through the passenger door. Her husband, Ryan Eberly was not injured. She later died at the hospital.

The two had just celebrated their wedding anniversary and were headed to Hilton Head, South Carolina to vacation.

Anyone who has a business or resides in the areas of Elm Street and Roberts Avenue is asked to review their surveillance system for the vehicle in the photograph.

Julie and Ryan Eberly
Julie and Ryan Eberly(Robeson County Sheriff's Office)

The investigation has revealed a road rage encounter unknowingly developed after the victim’s vehicle came close to the suspect vehicle during a merge into a lane. The suspect’s vehicle then came alongside the victim’s passenger side. The suspect rolled down his window and fired multiple shots into the passenger door, one of which struck Julie Eberly. Witnesses stated the suspect sped off and exited at Exit 22, crossing over the bridge coming into Lumberton.

An anonymous donor is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to probable cause for the issuance of warrants and the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of Julie Eberly.

“Someone recognizes this vehicle. I am asking that anyone with information as to who or where this vehicle is, to contact our office immediately. We will continue to track this suspect until we are standing in his yard” says Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.

Sheriff’s Investigators are asking that anyone with information pertaining to this investigation, please call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3170 or email sheriff@robesoncoso.org.

A GoFundMe has also been established for the family. you can find that at the link below.

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