Crime

Accused carjacker returned to Houston County

The man accused of the March 29 carjacking and kidnapping of an 87-year-old woman outside the mall in Centerville is now in custody in Houston County.

David Lee Cunningham, 50, has been extradited to Houston County from North Carolina where he was arrested April 14 at his Concord, N.C., home.

The 1997 Buick Park Avenue stolen in the carjacking and kidnapping outside The Galleria was found abandoned in a church parking lot about a mile from where Cunnigham was living with his wife, police said.

Cunningham arrived Thursday night at the Houston County jail, where he is being held without bond on charges of kidnapping with bodily injury, carjacking, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, robbery by force and theft of a motor vehicle. Cunningham’s first court appearance in Houston County for arraignment on those charges has not yet been set.Cunningham is accused of carjacking Nellie Robinson of Warner Robins in the mall parking lot, driving her down a dirt road off U.S. 41, breaking her arm in the struggle and robbing her of $50 before leaving her alongside the road.

At the time of carjacking, Cunningham was on parole for kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft of a motor vehicle and escape for incidents in Houston County in 1989.

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