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Posted on: March 28, 2023

Attempted Murder Suspect Enters into Iredell County in Stolen Vehicle


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Date/Time of Offense: Monday March 27, 2023.

Offense(s)/Charge(s): Felony Flee to Elude Arrest with Motor Vehicle

 Felony Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

 Felony Assault with Deadly Weapon on a Government Official

 Misdemeanor Fail to Stop for Siren

 Misdemeanor Driving while License Revoked

 Misdemeanor Reckless Driving to Endanger

 Misdemeanor Speeding

 Multiple Driving Infractions


Location of Incident: I-40 westbound near the 148 mile marker

Suspect(s): Crhistian Jovani Osorio-Cruz, 23 Years Old

                    446 Nine Foot Road

                    Newport, North Carolina 28570


Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Monday, March 27, 2023 members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Unit received information about a person wanted for attempted murder in Carteret County and was traveling towards Iredell County. The suspect, Crhistian Jovani Osorio-Cruz, 23 Years Old, of Newport had stabbed another individual and then stole the victim’s vehicle and left the scene heading westbound on Interstate 40.

The stolen 2016 GMC Canyon was spotted by Iredell County Deputies as it passed the 154 mile marker. Deputy T. Sharpe and Lieutenant C. Stone attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but Osorio-Cruz accelerated and refused to stop.   Deputies continued pursuing the vehicle and requested assistance from law enforcement officers in Catawba County.

Catawba County deployed stop sticks at the 135 mile marker striking the left front tire on the stolen GMC. Osorio-Cruz swerved towards the Catawba County Deputies as he passed.

The pursuit continued until Osorio-Cruz lost control of the vehicle and came to a stop. He then fled on foot but was quickly taken into custody. 

Osorio-Cruz was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was taken before Magistrate Thompson and issued a 250,000.00 dollar secured bond for the charges of Felony Flee to Elude Arrest with Motor Vehicle, Felony Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, Misdemeanor Fail to Stop for Siren, Misdemeanor Driving while License Revoked, Misdemeanor Reckless Driving to Endanger, Misdemeanor Speeding, and Multiple Driving Infractions.


Osorio-Cruz received an additional 650,000.000 dollar secured bond on the charges from Carteret County of Attempted First Degree Murder, Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.   

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