Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office charges two in carjacking case

Destiny Bentley – Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Joseph Eaker – Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office


Lincolnton, NC – Two people charged in connection with February 5, 2017 armed robbery and carjacking in Lincoln County have been arrested in Caldwell County.

Destiny Dawn Bentley, 21, of East Berkley Street, Granite Falls, NC turned herself in to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. She is charged with one felony count of Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon. An accomplice, Joseph Lee Eaker, 23, of Carriage Lane, Hudson, NC was also charged with one felony count of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. He was arrested by the Lenoir Police Department on February 16, 2017.

The two suspects and another man are accused of robbing Colby Pridmore of Lincolnton at the Lincolnton Optimist Park off the Startown Road on February 5, 2017. Pridmore was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet containing credit cards, identification and cash and his 2003 Mazda 6.

Deputies say the Lincoln County man had been talking to the female, Destiny Dawn Bentley, 21, of Granite Falls on Facebook and they agreed to meet near the Optimist Park on Startown Road.

Ms. Bentley arrived in an older model blue car and got into Mr. Pridmore’s car. While the two people were talking they were interrupted by two white males knocking on the window of the vehicle. They pulled the victim out of his car. One of the men was armed with a handgun and the other had a knife. They left with the victim’s wallet and his vehicle. The vehicle has not been located.

Detectives are continuing to interview Bentley and Eaker, who are being held in the Caldwell County Jail without bond due to a probation violation, but officers have not identified the third suspect in the case.

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