Friday, December 1, 2023

White Vehicle Suspected of Fort Bragg Hit and Run Ruled Out; Second Suspect Vehicle Identified


The owners of the white vehicle sought by law enforcement for its possible involvement with a Fort Bragg hit and run that caused serious injuries has been eliminated as a suspect of the crime, Fort Bragg Police Department Sergeant Jonathan McLaughlin confirmed.

These investigations have also identified a second vehicle of interest, Sergeant McLaughlin told us, with details regarding this second vehicle expected to be made public tomorrow.

Sergeant McLaughlin said intelligence gathered from Fort Bragg residents’ tips and the CVS Pharmacy whose security footage captured the white vehicle allowed investigators to make contact with the owners of the white vehicle. Investigators “validated their statements” and concluded the white vehicle and its owners are “no longer suspects.”

On Monday, October 12, a 39-year-old Fort Bragg man was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and Oak Street causing injuries to his face, shoulder, and breaking multiple teeth. The suspect fled the scene.

The victim’s sister, Fort Bragg resident Grace Potter, told us on Tuesday, October 13 that most of the injuries are to his face/head including a fractured orbital, broken front teeth, significant cuts/scrapes on his face, a possible concussion, and shoulder pain.

Sergeant McLaughlin expressed appreciation for the CVS Pharmacy’s willingness to assist officers in obtaining surveillance footage and other information that allowed officers to rule out the white vehicle. 

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