LILLINGTON — A Sanford man accused in the armed robbery of a Johnsonville store and stealing a truck at knife-point before leading lawmen on a three-county pursuit that ended in a crash on Fort Bragg is facing federal offenses, the Harnett County Sheriff's Office said.

Brandon Raul Navarro, 28, was charged Wednesday with Hobbs Act robbery and carjacking, a Sheriff's Office release said. A Hobbs Act robbery is one that affects interstate or foreign commerce, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Navarro is in the custody of federal marshals and is scheduled to have a detention hearing Monday in U.S. District Court for Eastern North Carolina.

The incidents, which happened Tuesday morning, began when Navarro, armed with a knife, robbed the Dollar General at 19805 N.C. 27, authorities said, taking 20 packs of cigarettes.

When Navarro left the store, he brandished the knife at a man in a Dodge Dakota pickup in the parking lot and stole the vehicle.

A deputy spotted Navarro and the truck on McKoy Town Road, about two miles from the store. That began a chase that went into Moore and Hoke counties and onto Fort Bragg, where he crashed on Morganton Road.

Lawmen from the three counties, the Vass Police Department, Fort Bragg and the Highway Patrol were involved in the 45-minute pursuit.

 

Staff writer Nancy McCleary can be reached at nmccleary@fayobserver.com or 486-3568.