Fugitive surrenders after long manhunt, standoff

By ROBERT JORDAN
Of the Record staff
Posted 5/13/22

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 …

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Fugitive surrenders after long manhunt, standoff

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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 ­— 27-year-old Isaiah McClain of 1574 56th St., Brooklyn, New York — was wanted in New York and Virginia, Sheriff Wayne Coats told The Daily Record.

McClain was deemed “armed and dangerous.”

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. McClain ran from the car into the woods.

A perimeter was quickly created to help officers contain McClain 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., McClain was spotted by law enforcement near Main Street in Lillington. He 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 eventually able to get McClain to surrender. He was unarmed.

The sheriff said McClain was in custody shortly before 7 p.m. and no injuries were noted in his capture.

McClain is charged with felonious fleeing with a motor vehicle to elude arrest in Harnett County. His bond was set at $50,000 as he awaits extradition to face his other charges in New York and Virginia.

His passenger in the vehicle, Lauryn Parker, 21, of 3216 Armistead Drive, Portsmouth, Virginia, is charged with carrying a concealed firearm. Her bond was set at $1,500.

Additional information concerning why McClain was wanted by authorities in Virginia was unavailable at press time.

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.

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

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