11/05/2020 - Rumford robbery suspect arrested in North Carolina after chase
November 5, 2020 - Rumford Police Chief Tony Milligan announces the arrest of Garrison S.M. Hebert, 23 of Rumford, currently held in the Union County, North Carolina Jail charged with being a Fugitive From Justice, Assault With a Deadly Weapon of a Government Employee, Reckless Driving To Endanger, Speeding in Excess of 35 MPH, Fleeing or Eluding Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, Felony Possession of Marijuana, and Motor Vehicle Theft. He is being held on a $95,000.00 bond pending further court proceedings in North Carolina and extradition back to Maine where he will face additional charges of Felony Robbery and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.
On the early morning hours of October 31, Rumford Police investigated a report of a robbery and theft of a 2014 Chevy Cruise from a Rumford resident that occurred at the resident's place of employment on the Island's Business District in Rumford. Rumford Police learned that Hebert had reportedly assaulted the victim, stole their keys, and took off with the victim's vehicle. The victim was treated at the Rumford Hospital for a non, life-threatening injury. The victim and Hebert knew each other.
A BOLO "be on the lookout" alert was broadcast to police agencies throughout the region, but produced no results. The alert was then entered into a nationwide alert system. Rumford Police obtained a warrant of arrest from the Unified Criminal Docket Court in Rumford and the warrant was entered into the system with nationwide extradition.
On the evening of November 3, Rumford Police received word from the the Marshville, North Carolina Police Department that they had just been involved in a high speed chase with speeds topping 130 MPH with Hebert after a they tried to stop Hebert for speeding and received Rumford's "stolen vehicle hit" and "wanted person hit" that had been entered nationwide by the Oxford County Regional Communications Center at Rumford PD's request. According to Marshville, NC Sgt. Tom Mcclellan, the chase continued for 9 miles before Hebert crashed into trees on a dead end road. Hebert then took off running from the scene on foot, but was ultimately apprehended by officers.
Hebert is expected to remain incarcerated in North Carolina and face charges there before being extradited to Maine to face charges here.