4-hour manhunt ends in arrest

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The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a wanted felon Wednesday evening following a car chase, foot chase, K9 search, air search and armed standoff with the suspect. The manhunt lasted more than 4 hours.

A ranger at Raven Rock State Park received a call from law enforcement in Virginia Beach, Virginia, after a cellphone linked to a wanted fugitive pinged off of a tower near the park. Virginia officials told the ranger that the man was wanted in New York and Virginia, Sheriff Wayne Coats told The Daily Record.

The ranger located and gave chase to the suspect’s vehicle. HCSO, Lillington police, the State Highway Patrol and other agencies became involved in the pursuit. The vehicle sped to Lillington and reportedly crashed into a mound of dirt at the rear of Harnett Memorial Cemetery.

Officers were immediately able to apprehend a woman who was in the vehicle. The man ran from the car into the woods. 

A perimeter was quickly created, thus containing the suspect between the Cape Fear River and U.S. Highway 421. K9 officers ran several search tracks in the area. An air unit from the Highway Patrol provided air support. For several hours, the suspect played a cat and mouse game with searching officials.

Around 6:30 p.m., the suspect was spotted by law enforcement near Main Street in Lillington. The suspect reportedly told officers he had a firearm in his possession and threatened to commit suicide. Streets in Lillington were closed to traffic as the manhunt morphed into a standoff. HCSO negotiators were able to get the suspect to surrender. He was unarmed.

Coats reported the suspect was in custody shortly before 7 p.m. and no injuries were noted in his capture. More information will be provided to The Daily Record on Thursday as written reports are completed.

The sheriff was appreciative of all of the mutual aid support received from every responding agency and had nothing but praise for the manner in which officials safely remedied the incident.

Check back with mydailyrecord.com and The Daily Record’s Friday print edition for more updates on this breaking news story.

Robert Jordan can be reached at 910-230-2037 or rjordan@mydailyrecord.com

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