Suspect In 2015 Robbery Of Girlfriend Arrested

A robbery suspect on the run for 14 months has been captured.

Tony Dorian Ward, 34, of Marler Road, Benson had been wanted since an October 20, 2015 incident on US 701 South near Peach Orchard Road outside of Four Oaks. That’s when Ward’s 31 year-old girlfriend reported she was assaulted in a car as the couple traveled down the highway. Ward was allegedly upset she had purchased the wrong cell phone for him.

Ward allegedly pulled out a gun, pointed it at the victims head and threatened to kill her.  She tried to dial 911 but he allegedly destroyed her cell phone and later physically assaulted her at another location. The victim said Ward also stole two watches valued at $1,075 and caused $300 in damage to her vehicle.

Ward fled from the scene before officers arrived.

Deputies obtained warrants for his arrest, however he managed to elude arrest until he was found on Dec. 17th.  Ward faces numerous charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by strangulation, damage to property, and communicating threats.  He was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $70,000 bond.