Manhunt on for Raleigh carjacking, robbery suspect

(Raleigh Police Department)


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh police are searching for a 58-year-old man they believe is tied to a string of recent robberies, plus a carjacking in the heart of Downtown Raleigh midday Friday.

James Daniel Bloodworth is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the four robberies, which took place around Raleigh in less than 24 hours, from just before 6 a.m. Wednesday to minutes after midnight that night.

Raleigh police were on Wilmington Street Friday just after noon. (Robert Richardson/CBS North Carolina)

A Raleigh officer spotted Bloodworth near the intersection of South Raleigh Boulevard and Poole Road about 9:40 a.m. Friday and tried to pull him over, but he got away.

Two hours later, police received word that a person had been carjacked at South Wilmington and East Davie streets. Bloodworth is also charged in that crime, police said.

Friday night, Durham police tried to stop what they believe is the white Camry that was taken in the carjacking. The driver wouldn’t stop, and the car was later found abandoned in the 1700 block of Avondale Drive in Durham.

Police describe Bloodworth as standing 5 feet 9 inches and weighing 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light colored shirt, dark pants and black-rimmed glasses.

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Police say they believe Bloodworth is tied to the following robberies:

  • Circle K, 4100 Western Boulevard, 5:42 a.m. Wednesday
  • IBeauty, 3131 Capital Boulevard, 11:21 a.m. Wednesday
  • CVS, 4309 New Bern Ave., 11:13 p.m. Wednesday
  • Avent Ferry Cleaners, 12:21 a.m. Thursday

Police are asking anyone who has seen Bloodworth or knows where he is to call 911.

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