UPDATED: #ARRESTED Wells Fargo and Circle K robbery suspect identified in Wilmington and Leland as the same man


Wilmington Police charged Elijah Muhammad McFarland, 35, with robbery with a dangerous weapon Friday morning.

A WPD officer on patrol in the 700 block of Church Street recognized McFarland riding a bicycle in the area, confirmed he was the suspect and arrested him for his role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo on South College Street Thursday.

McFarland is currently being held at the New Hanover County Jail on a $300,000 bond. He received a $150,000 bond for the Wilmington robbery, and $150,000 bond for the Brunswick County incident.

Double robbery suspect has been identified as 25-year-old, Elijah Mahammad McFarland who is wanted in a Wells Fargo bank robbery on S. College Rd. Wilmington as well as a convenience store robbery in Leland. The suspect is seen in images wearing the same outfit on both occasions, unmasked.

WPD officials reported that the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money. He reportedly claimed to have a weapon but never displayed it.

Wells Fargo S. College Rd. Wilmington robbery image

Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office also released information via social media identifying the same man in a robbery at a convenience store in Leland where he is WANTED for robbery with a dangerous weapon. This particular incident occurred at around 10pm on 02/13/19 at the Circle K convenience store located at 7806 Ocean Hwy E, in Leland. BCSO stated, “Subject entered the store, told the clerk he had a gun in his pocket and demanded money. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.”

BCSO image of suspect
Circle K Robbery Images (LELAND)

No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a 25 year old black man with a goatee, 5’4”, 130 pounds. He was wearing a flat-rimmed white baseball hat, a red jacket, blue jeans and tan boots. Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at 910.343.3609 or use Text A Tip.

Anyone with information on the Leland incident should conact Det. Hester at 910-713-8360.

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