CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Deputies in one Eastern Carolina county first believed they might have a lead in a Marine deserter wanted in a Virginia murder after an attempted carjacking and a stolen car case Wednesday morning.
Carteret County deputies say it started at the Cedar Point Bojangles' around 9:00 a.m. That's where a victim told deputies that another man pulled him out of his car and tried to steal it. The man ran toward the Marsh Harbour subdivision.
Thirty minutes later, deputies say someone stole an SUV from that subdivision.
Several hours later they got calls of an SUV matching the description of the one stolen that was driving erratic and speeding on Highway 24. At times, callers said the SUV was heading east in the westbound lane.
Morehead City police spotted the SUV near the Walmart and it was stopped on U.S. 70 and Mansfield Parkway.
Joel Barkman was taken into custody and charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony common law robbery, felony attempted larceny, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and reckless driving to endanger.
The 34-year-old Newport man was jailed on a $100,000 secured bond.
A sheriff's office spokesman said at first they believed the crimes might have been connected to Corporal Michael Brown. He's the Camp Lejeune Marine accused of killing his wife's boyfriend in Virginia nearly two weeks ago.