Two Arrested In Carjacking & Armed Robbery Case, One Still Wanted

UPDATE: Deputies have arrested two suspects in connection to an armed robbery and carjacking in Lincoln County.

Destiny Bentley turned herself in to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and was charged with one felony count of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, according to officials. Joseph Eaker was arrested Thursday by Lenoir Police and charged with one felony count of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, officials say.

Officials say Bentley and Eaker are both being held in the Caldwell County Jail without bond due to a probation violation. Investigators are still trying to identify a third suspect in the case.


[Original post from February 6, 2017]

LINCOLNTON, NC — Deputies are looking for three suspects connected to a carjacking and armed robbery that took place early Sunday morning.

Officials say Colby Pridmore, 20, met Destiny Bentley, 21, of Lenoir, on Facebook and arranged to meet her around 5am near the Optimist Park on Startown Road. Bentley got into Pridmore’s car and talked for a short time before two white males knocked on the window and pulled Pridmore out, according to reports.

The two men, one carrying a knife and the other a gun, robbed Pridmore. Deputies say one suspect then drove off in Pridmore’s 2003 Mazda 6 while Bentley and the other suspect got in her car and left.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police spotted the stolen vehicle in Hudson, NC several hours later, deputies say, but were unable to stop the car.

Both men, along with Destiny Bentley, are still wanted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Bentley is charged with Robbery with a Firearm, and was last seen driving an older model blue car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LCSO at 704-732-9050 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.