Lincolnton Police arrested a man wanted on two counts of attempted murder after he returned his getaway car to a dealership in South Carolina.
Robert Jeter Jr., 55, is being held on $125,000 secured bond in Lincoln County Jail.
Jeter allegedly fired at least one shot at his estranged wife, Sherry Moncree, as she ran away from him Thursday on Main Street. Neither Moncree, nor her daughter, Shikira, were hurt in the incident.
Jeter fled the scene in a silver Taurus with dealer tags from South Carolina.
Based on information received from the victim, police tracked the vehicle to a dealership in Clinton, S.C., Detective Brian Greene said.
The car dealer, who is also a reserve police officer for the city, realized that Jeterâ€™s vehicle was being repaired at a business across the street. The car he had driven from Lincolnton Thursday was a loaner vehicle.
Detectives here coordinated with Clinton police.
On Friday, when Jeter brought the loaner car in to return it, police approached him.
He ran, and authorities found him hiding in a garage, Greene said.
Police recovered 18 shotgun shells in the trunk of his car, Greene said. The gun used Thursday has not been found.
Police said the incident Thursday happened as Sherry and Shikira Moncree were traveling east on Main Street. Shikira Moncree was driving.
Jeter allegedly forced their car to stop by hitting it with his car between Cedar and Laurel streets. Police said he then pointed a shotgun at the two and ordered Sherry Moncree out of the car.
Both women got out â€” Shikira Moncree ran across the street, and Sherry Moncree ran toward First Charter Bank.
Jeter then fired at least one shot at Sherry Moncree, missing her, but hitting a Cadillac in the parking lot, police said.
Jeter fled the scene, traveling at speeds around 100 mph down South Laurel Street. Authorities were unable to locate him.
Arrest reports list Jeterâ€™s address as 151 Wildlife Drive in Union, S.C. Police said he had been living in the Cherryville area. He is unemployed.
He has his first appearance today in Lincoln County District Court.by Alice Smith