Greensboro, NC – This morning at 0930 AM, Carl Thomas Bennett Jr., a 27 year old male, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF). On July 24, 2015, Lee County, Alabama issued a warrant for arrest charging Bennett Jr. for Second Degree Assault.
On July 23, 2015, officers with the Auburn Police Department responded to a shooting at 1989 Overlook Court in Auburn, Alabama. Upon arrival a victim was found lying in a bathtub suffering from two gunshot wounds to the leg. The victim was taken to the East Alabama Medical Center where he had to undergo surgery. Detectives learned, during the course of the investigation, that the victim had contacted a female via the internet site “Evil Empire” to act as an escort. It is alleged that during the encounter a dispute erupted between the victim and the female resulting in the victim departing the area in his car. Bennett Jr., along with another suspect, chased the victim by car until the victim abandoned his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Once the victim exited the vehicle Bennett Jr. and the other suspect began shooting at the victim, hitting him twice in the leg.
The JFTF learned that Bennett Jr. was possibly in the Greensboro, North Carolina area. The JFTF conducted interviews and canvassed the area in search of the alleged suspect. During the investigation, Task Force officers discovered that Bennett Jr. was staying at the Baymont Inn & Suites located at 2001 Veasley Street in Greensboro. Through interviews and surveillance the JFTF verified the room that Bennett Jr. occupied. Upon entry into the room the JFTF encountered Bennett Jr. and two others along with marijuana and scales. During the arrest Bennett Jr. tried to elude law enforcement again by giving the name of “Ryan Gholston”, but later confessed that he was in fact Carl Bennett Jr. from Alabama. Subsequently, one of the occupants in the room was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Distribute Marijuana.
The JFTF transported Bennett Jr. to the Guilford County Jail where is being held on the alleged charges. The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, GreensboroPolice Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole.