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Eastern North Carolina's Most Wanted: Lenoir County

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He’s avoided arrest, making him Lenoir County’s “Most Wanted.”

"This really was just a road rage case that went terribly wrong."

Lenoir County deputies have been searching for Bonnie Jerome Freeman since 1996. Freeman has an extensive criminal history. He had just gotten out of jail and was visiting a friend in Lenoir County when he came across two people at the intersection of 70 and 158.

"There was some kind of exchange between these two vehicles. I hate to say it, but something as simple as a one-finger salute between the two,” said Lenoir County Sheriff, Chris Hill.

From there, Hill says a chase ensued. As the situation escalated, both cars ended up on Cobb Road. That’s when deputies say Freeman pulled out a semi-automatic gun and filled the other car with close to 20 rounds. One of those rounds actually passed through the driver’s shirt but never entered his body. Both cars took off and Freeman hasn’t been seen since.

"It's almost like he's fallen off the earth and I cannot gather any information as to where he is. But I have a handful of indictments I'd like to serve on him,” said Hill.

Detectives have located relatives in other parts of the state. They even involved the federal authorities to locate Freeman. None of it has worked.

Freeman is currently indicted for 7 counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Because of his extensive criminal history he qualifies as a violent habitual felon. If found and convicted he’ll likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

Lenoir County deputies have information that Freeman may have at one point been a Hells Angel.

"You look at a person's past as to predict what their future might be and if you run across this guy and have two words with him that may cross him...it may not be a good day for you. Which is why it's so important that we bring this man to justice,” said Hill.

If you have any information call the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office: 252-559-6100

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