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Manhunt ends: Dustin Diehl found hiding in false bottom of a home in Davidson County

Deputies say a man wanted for multiple crimes in Randolph and Davidson Counties was captured Thursday morning after a two-week manhunt.

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A two-week multi-county manhunt for Dustin Diehl came to an end Thursday morning. 

Randolph County deputies, Davidson County deputies, and US Marshals found and apprehended Dustin Ray Diehl at a home on Cabin Creek Road, Denton in Davidson County at 6:45 a.m. Diehl was transported to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for questioning by Randolph and Davidson County Detectives. 

Officials said Diehl was barricaded in a false bottom in the floor of the house. They had to remove a wall to get to him. Deputies said a woman and child live at the home. They were removed from the home while deputies apprehended Diehl. The woman, identified as Cassandra Harrison, has been charged with harboring a fugitive. 

The manhunt for Diehl began on January 20. Investigators said Diehl was initially wanted for an assault in Davidson County, stemming from a drug deal. They said he led deputies on a chase in Randolph County where he crashed and then ran into a wooded area. Investigators said the next day, he broke into a home in Randolph County, robbed a woman at gunpoint, and stole her van. 

Diehl then led deputies on a second chase in the stolen van into Davidson County. He wrecked the van and ran into the woods again, deputies said. 

Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt said he contacted the woman whose van was stolen to let her know Diehl has been captured. Seabolt said she told them her day was made brighter by the news. 

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This is the home on Cabin Creek Drive in Denton where investigators say they found Dustin Diehl barricading in a hidey-hole.

Diehl faces several felony charges in Randolph and Davidson Counties. The charges are listed below. 

Randolph: Felony Break/Enter with Intent to Terrorize, Felony Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Felony 2nd Degree Kidnapping, Felony Larceny After Breaking and Entering, Felony Break or Enter Motor Vehicle, Felony Possession of Stolen Goods, Felony Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Felony Flee/Elude Arrest with Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving to Endanger, Misdemeanor Resisting Public Officer, Exceeding Posted Speed, Driving While License Revoked-Not Impaired Revoked, Driving Left of Center

Davidson: Felony Flee/Elude Arrest with Motor Vehicle, Driving While License Revoked-Not Impaired Revoked, Speeding, Reckless Driving Wanton Disregard, Resisting Public Officer, Fail Stop at Stop Sign/Flashing Red Light, Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Goods/Property, Felony Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with Dangerous Weapon, Felony Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Felony Assault With a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill/Inflict Serious Injury

Diehl was arraigned by the magistrate in Randolph County. His bond was set at $500,000 secured plus Electronic House Arrest for the Randolph County charges and $500,000 secured bond on the Davidson County charges.

In addition, the NC Probation and Parole has placed a hold on Diehl for a parole violation, pending a parole hearing. His first appearance in Randolph County District Court was set for Friday, February 5, 2020. His first appearance was set for February 9, 2021, in Davidson County District Court.

Credit: Randolph County Sheriff's Office
Dustin Diehl was captured following a two-week manhunt, according to Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt.