DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – A man on the run since June, when he escaped apprehension in a Carteret County police chase, has been taken into custody in Florida.
Officers with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression team and the Daytona Beach Police Department have arrested 42-year-old Damon Evans Kennedy Thursday night.
It was back on June 30 that Havelock police attempted to stop Kennedy, who was driving a stolen South Carolina vehicle. That’s when he sped off with four people in the car; one was thrown or jumped from the moving vehicle as the chase happened. Carteret County deputies took over when Kennedy released passengers from the vehicle. After ramming two sheriff’s vehicles, and flattening his tires, Kennedy crashed in a ditch, ran into the woods, and escaped capture.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for Kennedy for assault with a deadly weapon on government officials. There are 10 other warrants issued related to the alleged crimes Kennedy committed during the time. He also has outstanding warrants in both Tennessee and South Carolina. Kennedy has an extensive violent criminal history and was considered extremely dangerous.
The U.S. Marshals Service Eastern North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force took over the case, beginning and began an investigation and followed leads to Daytona Beach where Kennedy was believed to be hiding out. The U.S. Marshals Service Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force continued the investigation and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression team gathered intelligence in the homeless community when a tip suggested Kennedy was living in the woods as a homeless person.
Based on a sighting, Volusia County and Daytona Beach law officers converged late Thursday night on a Checkers restaurant on Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach and took Kennedy into custody without incident. He’s being held in Florida awaiting extradition proceedings before returning to North Carolina.