November 24, 2008

Carjacking suspect hit with turkey

Police in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., said witnesses to a carjacking struck the suspect in the head with a frozen turkey after he physically attacked his victim.

Investigators said the suspect -- identified as Fred Ervin, 30 -- stole money from a BP gas station shortly before noon Sunday and crossed the street into a Harris Teeter grocery store parking lot, where he approached Irene Moorman Bailey while she was loading up her vehicle, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, N.C., reported Monday.

Witnesses said Ervin struck Bailey in the face repeatedly while attempting to take the keys to her 2001 Nissan Maxima.

Police said bystanders grabbed a frozen turkey that Bailey had purchased and used it to strike the suspect in the head. Ervin allegedly escaped with Bailey's car but police soon caught up to the suspect and took him to a local hospital with a serious head wound, investigators said.

Officers said Ervin will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, robbery, driving with a revoked license, hit and run and larceny upon his release from the hospital.