OCSO is seeking information about a shooting leaving two victims injured

JACKSONVILLE, NC- Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help obtaining information about a drive-by shooting that occurred on Myna Drive Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 3:00 PM of a drive-by shooting on Myna Drive in the Gum Brach Road area of Jacksonville. Deputies responded and discovered two male subjects had been shot, both receiving potential life-threatening injuries.  

The victims, Daqaun Torres-Huff, 22 of Myna Drive and Steven Lamar Lewis, 21 of Carole Drive, Jacksonville were both transported by EMS to the Naval Trauma Center at Camp Lejeune. One of the injured individuals was later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Witnesses described seeing a light-colored midsize SUV as the possible suspect vehicle.  Detectives are currently working leads on the shootings and are asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office.

Photos Courtesy of OCSO

A motive has not been confirmed.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.  The victims were targeted, and it is not believed to be random.  

The public is not believed to be in any danger.

Please call Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074, Michael_curlee@onslowcountync.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 if you have any information pertaining to this incident. Please refer to case 2019-13486 when calling.

JPD is investigating a fatal shooting where victim and suspect have been identified

Jacksonville Felon, Tyquan Skyree Hayes is wanted for the murder of a Willard, NC man, Da’Shaun J. Pearsall (victim) that occurred early this Wednesday Morning.

Jacksonville police department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday morning on Davis Street.

JPD reported that at approximately 7:31AM on Wednesday morning, August 21, 2019 officers were dispatched to a specified location from a report of a shooting on the 1200 block of Davis Street.

The responding officers found a 23-year-old young man flying on the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound. Jacksonville Public Safety first responders immediately began CPR. The Victim was pronounced dead on scene.

The victim’s identity has been confirmed and released by JPD as Da’shaun J. Pearsall of Willard, NC.

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Victim, Da’Shaun J. Pearsall of Willard, NC (FB PHOTO)

His name was initially withheld pending notification to his family.

The preliminary investigation found that a suspect vehicle fled the area. Officers have been canvassing the area to locate the vehicle and suspect. The suspect remains at large who has however, been named.

Jacksonville Police are looking for 24-year-old Tyquan Sykree Hayes of Jacksonville, NC for Wednesday morning’s murder of 23-year-old Da’shaun J. Pearsall of Willard, NC.

NC Department of Public Services database reports prior felonious criminal history for Tyquan Skyree Hayes as a prior Class G Felon convicted of Common Law Robbery in 2014. Hayes was just released from NC Department of Adult Corrections in February of 2019 on a probation revocation following the initial conviction and serving 2-years in prison. Hayes was arrested by JPD Aug. 1, 2018 and charged with felony manufacturing, selling or delivering a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school; felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine; felony selling cocaine; and felony delivering cocaine.

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Suspect, Tyquan Skyree Hayes. 

“The investigation has progressed since this morning.” said Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver. “Detectives have conducted interviews throughout the day. A Search Warrant for a residence near the shooting scene was executed and a search conducted. We have identified a person of interest at this time and are continuing to investigate any and all leads.”

“The victim and suspected shooter were known to each other” said Deputy Chief Weaver. “We appreciate the assistance of the public and ask that anyone who may have been in the Davis Street area and may have seen something to give us or Crime Stoppers a call or text right away.”

The preliminary investigation has found that a suspect vehicle fled the area. Officers have been canvassing the area to locate the vehicle and suspect. The suspect remains at large.

“We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation” said Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver. The name of the victim is withheld pending notification to his family.

This is considered to be an isolated incident with no threat to public safety.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Sergeant Shawn Marcinowsky at 910-938-6412 or smarcinowsky@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their Identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637. Please refer to case number 19-07964 when calling or texting about this case.

SILVER ALERT: 19-Y-Old Lexus Mercedes Benz George Missing from Mt. Olive

 North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a report through the North Carolina Department of Public Service issuing a silver alert announcement on Monday Aug. 19, 2019, for a 19 -year-old young woman, Lexus Mercedes Benz George. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Lexus Mercedes Benz George. She is believed to be suffering from some form of other cognitive impairment.

She is described as:

Gender: Female

DOB: 06/12/2000

Age: 19

Race: Black

Height: 5′ 5″

Weight: 130 pounds

Hair Color: Black

Hair Length: Medium

Eye Color: Brown

Last seen wearing black scrub clothing.

Location Last Seen: 220 Smith Chapel Rd, Mount Olive, NC 28565

 Her direction of travel is unknown at this time and she is believed to have been traveling on foot to an unknown location.

Anyone with information about her disappearance or whereabouts is asked to call Sgt. J. Hughes at Mt. Olive PD at: 919-252-9082.

 

Sheriff Miller warns about scams that continue targeting Onslow citizens

Additional scam information released from the OCSO by Sheriff Miller, warning citizens to take heed of warnings that a variety of scams are targeting citizens.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller released additional information this afternoon about ongoing scams, warning citizens to be aware.

Back in April, the OCSO released a post notifying citizens of several scams that had been brought to our attention.  This week they’ve learned from a citizen that there is a new one out there, and Sheriff Miller wants everyone to be aware of it.  They are referring to this as the, “Medicare SCAM.”

 The caller, claiming to be with Medicare Health Services called asking the citizen for information. The caller somehow already had the citizen’s social security number but was trying to gather more information under the claim that they would increase the citizen’s Medicare benefits.  The press release specifically states, “THIS IS NOT TRUE AND IS A SCAM!!!!!!”

The citizen luckily did not provide any additional information and immediately called the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Miller again emphasizes, “NEVER, EVER give ANY kind of personal information to anyone over the phone!  A legitimate business will correspond with you through letters sent through the US Postal Service, or certified letter.  No legitimate business will ask for personal information (address, phone number, social security number, bank account information, etc) over the telephone!”

Be Aware of additional scams we are experiencing in our area that are noted below.

“Arrest Warrant SCAM”- Where the incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize.  Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service.  Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always.  The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount.  Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back. (Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller.)

The “Tax SCAM”- Please know that our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone.  If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

“Jury SCAM”- A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).

Sympathy SCAM” A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. 

The Onslow Beat received notice of one example where this type of scam occurred just a few weeks ago involving one Onslow County family. It’s also referred to as the “Grandparents Scam”.

Kristin Laney told The Onslow Beat just how this scam targeted her father and used their son as the “cause”.

 Four or five years ago, when my son (Joey) was in high school, my father got a phone call. My parents live in Wisconsin and we obviously live here in NC. My dad doesn’t have the best hearing, similar to many grandparents, and the first thing he heard was a voice “Grandpa?”. Of course, my dad immediately responded with “Joey, is that you?”. The next thing my dad heard was an adult male who told him that Joey was in trouble and he needed his help. He told my dad that Joey had been in a car with some other kids and they were pulled over. Drugs were found in the car, and while Joey wasn’t driving and didn’t own the car, he was still in trouble because no one would claim the drugs. Supposedly, Joey had been “arrested” and would need to go to court and money was needed to take care of the situation. As a note, my poor father is not very world-wise and fell for all of this hook, line and sinker. He never sent the money, but this individual called him repeatedly over several weeks telling my father that Joey was in court, the individual stated that he was able to pick Joey up from school for this because he was law enforcement, without my knowledge. The caller repeatedly told my dad that he couldn’t talk to anyone about it because the kids were underage and that he couldn’t call me about it.

My mother continually told my dad that it sounded fishy and that she knew how I was raising my son. He was never in a location when I didn’t know where he was. Ultimately, they finally called me one day to see what was going on and I was able to tell them that it was entirely fake. At that time, I knew Hans Miller and told my parents that I could get in contact with him to verify all the information. Before I was able to do that, my dad contacted their local county sheriff with whom he is friends. The sheriff told my dad it was a scam and that they usually picked on older people because they sometimes have difficulty hearing, will respond with the grandchild’s name, and will do anything to help their grandkids. I did send the info to the OCSO just so they could put it out there. We were lucky that my dad didn’t send the money they were requesting and it turned out fine but someone else might not be so lucky. -Kristin Laney

 

“Sweepstakes or Lottery Win SCAM”  Asking for a “handling fee.”  Fraud. This particular scam has targeted Instagram users as well as by phone. Read more here.

“Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information.  “Phishing”

“Debt Consolidation Loan SCAM” offer that’s too good to be true.  No free money.

Sheriff Miller urges citizens, “Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors.  Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust. Help spread the word especially to the elderly, or those who do not have access to a computer. NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY WILL ASK ANYONE TO PAY BY TELEPHONE USING A GIFT CARD OR PREPAID DEBIT CARD!”

A “Google” report of child porn lead to the arrest of one Jacksonville man

And Jacksonville man was arrested Monday for possessing child pornography. This arrest as a result of the OCSO-ICAC task force unit following up on a cyber-tip that was reported by Google to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Google has many ways of flagging various illegal activities.

A Jacksonville man was arrested Monday for possessing child pornography.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce unit, followed up on a cybertip that was reported by Google to the National Center for Missing Exploited Children.

Google reported several files of child pornography that came across their Google Photos service by user Kristopher Kenney of Jasmine Lane, Jacksonville, NC. Investigation into the matter showed that Kristopher possessed numerous images of child pornography stored on his Google Drive account.

Google detects and tags abusive images, also incorporates encrypted fingerprints into a cross-industry database. This enables law enforcement, charities and organizations to be able to better collaborate detection and removal of these kinds of images, as well as take action against any person involved with production, viewing or redistributing.

Here are some examples of common violations on Google & Google Play that flag the system with illegal activity:

  • Promoting sexually explicit content that is user generated. This includes implementing paid features that encourage sharing of objectionable content.
  • Apps with user generated content (also referred to as UGC) that does not have safe guards against bullying, threats or harassment especially towards minors.
  • Posts, comments or photographs within an app that are used primarily with the intent to harass, individually attack another person by means of abuse, malice or to ridicule.

Here are examples of what Google Play & Google consider common violations of illegal activities:

  •  Facilitating purchases, sales or distribution of illegal drugs to include prescription drugs without a prescription.
  • The depiction and encouragement of use and/or sale of drugs, alcohol or tobacco use by minors.
  •  Instruction on manufacturing, agricultural assistance or instruction (growing/harvesting) of illegal drugs.

Google states:
Child sexual abuse imagery is illegal.
At Google we work with child protection experts to find, remove and report this material because we never want it to appear anywhere on our products, including search results.

To report child sexual abuse content or to find help for a child in the US, please contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Per a 2013 report from Google, NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) received 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child sexual abuse in 2011. That statistic is four times more than four years prior in 2007.

NCMEC’s database shows that over 18.4M cyber-tips were made in 2018.

Sexual exploitation is a serious problem that is worldwide. Google has worked in the fight against child exploitation since 2006 when joining with the Technology Coalition and other industry companies to cultivate solutions through technology with hardware and software development. Not only has Google worked towards fighting sexual exploitation but also has worked in combination with organizations to locate missing children.

On Monday, July 29, 2019, Kristopher Kenney was arrested by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and charged with the following:

  • (2) Counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • (2) Counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

He was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond.

This investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected.

The NCDPS database shows Kristopher Kenney to have prior convictions in 2002 for a hit and run, speeding, and operating a vehicle without  license. No other prior convictions or relevant charges listed for this state at this time.

If you suspect online child abuse or possession of child pornography and/or exploitation, you can contact NCMEC’s Cybertipline.

 

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019007689 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Second suspect apprehended for murdering a Monroe woman in SC

Man captured in SC on the run, for the murder of a Monroe, NC Mother who was killed in front of her children.

(UNION CO.)- Lucero Sosa Capote was murdered on July 12, 2019 at 1603 Tower Ct. in Monroe, NC. Warrants for the arrests of the two men involved in his death were issued on Wednesday.

Those two men are Byron Blair Watkins and Antwan David Sturdivant. Lucero Capote was murdered in front of her five children.

Warrants of the two men were issued for the Murder of Lucero Sosa Capote and one suspect went on the run. Byron Watkins was captured in Lexington County, SC early Friday morning.

The United States Marshals Service along with Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, City of Columbia Police Department, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division all assisted in the search.

Courtesy of Monroe PD: Byron Watkins

Law enforcement has said that Watkins was taken into custody around 1 a.m. by the U.S. Marshals and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office without incident. 

Watkins is awaiting extradition at the Lexington County Jail. 

Courtesy of Monroe PD: Sturdivant (L) Watkins (R)

Byron Blair Watkins, has been described as a white male, age 25, 5’6” in height, 160LBS has tattoos about his entire body. He has formally been charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Discharge a Firearm in an occupied dwelling, and Assault on a Child under 12.

Antwan David Sturdivant, has been described as a black male, age 19, 5’10” in height, weighs 180LBS and has short dread locs. He has been formally charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault on a Female. Sturdivant is already in custody.

Both subjects were considered armed and dangerous prior to their arrests.

Watkins waived his extradition this morning in Lexington County and was picked up by Monroe Police Detectives and brought back to Union County for the service of the warrants.

Chief Gilliard of Monroe PD expressed his appreciation to all of the law enforcement agencies and all the other public safety entities that assisted in capturing Mr. Watkins.

Chief Gilliard stated, “our hearts go out the family of this terrible tragedy. Our detectives worked tirelessly to bring this case to a resolution. We are just so thankful for everyone that assisted us in the case. We hope this offers the family some semblance of peace”.

If anyone has information on either suspects involvement in this crime please contact the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-4700 or the Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600

Two teens arrested with guns and drugs in Holly Ridge following gunshots being fired

UPDATE: 2:13 PM-

Video footage from a Hampstead resident passing through the area during the time of the suspects being apprehended by Holly Ridge PD on Friday Evening.

Video Courtesy of a Hampstead Citizen passing by the scene: KC Makey


On the Friday evening of July 26, 2019 officers were dispatched to the 200 block of S. Dyson Street in reference to gunshots being fired.

Photo Courtesy of: Trent Taylor
Photo Courtesy of: Trent Taylor
Photo Courtesy of: Trent Taylor

The officers were given a description of the suspect vehicle and they immediately began checking the area. As Corporal Procopio arrived on scene, he saw the vehicle turn back onto S. Dyson Street. The suspect vehicle stopped abruptly and then sped off back onto Highway 50 towards Highway 17. Corporal Procopio was able to catch the vehicle at the nearby intersection and conducting a felony vehicle stop.

The two suspects were taken into custody in a collaborative effort from Surf City Police Department and Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects were seen throwing a weapon from the vehicle by a witness on Highway 50 who called in and reported it, and that weapon was recovered near Green Street in Holly Ridge. In further investigative analysis, it was determined that this weapon was reported stolen out of Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Continuing the course of the investigation Holly Ridge police department learned that there was a second firearm that had been thrown from the vehicle.

Corporal Peterson and K9 Kayda with Surf City Police were requested and K9 Kayda performed an article search along the route the suspects fled. K9 Kayda was able to locate the second firearm along Highway 50. The suspects also had narcotics in their possession.

Photo Courtesy of HRPD

The suspects were identified as listed below and charged with:

Photo Courtesy of HRPD

Addison Stewart Black, 18-years-old, from 5022 Lord Byron Road, Wilmington, NC

  • Felony Destroy Evidence
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Resist a Public Officer
  • Felony Flee to Elude
  • Speeding to Elude
  • Failure to Stop for Blue Lights
  • Careless & Reckless Driving
  • Stop Sign violation
  • PWIMSD Schedule IV (Alprazolam-Xanax)
  • Manufacture Schedule IV (Alprazolam-Xanax)
  • Possession of Marijuana
Photo Courtesy of HRPD

Noah Zane Cooper, 18-years-old from 3117 Enterprise Drive, Wilmington, NC

  • Felony Destroy Evidence
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Resist a Public Officer
  • Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Going Armed to the Terror of the Public
  • Discharge a Firearm Within 500Ft of a Dwelling
  • PWIMSD Schedule IV (Alprazolam-Xanax)
  • Manufacture Schedule IV (Alprazolam-Xanax)
  • Possession of Marijuana

They were each given a $15,000 secured bond. Custody of the two subjects was turned over to the Onslow County Detention Center.


The North Carolina Department of Public Safety database does not reflect any prior convictions for either of the suspects. However, in deeper investigative reporting, It has been discovered that Noah Zane Cooper, was arrested and charged in Mecklenburg county in June 2018 for multiple charges to include: possession of stolen goods, attempted common law robbery, conspiracy, second degree trespass and more per the digital source Mecklenburg Public Records.

Addison Stewart Black shows a prior arrest in 2017 for possession of marijuana in Wilmington via the same digital source Busted Newspaper.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

UPDATE: “Pink Lady Bandit” and accomplice captured by the FBI after a spree of bank robberies from PA to NC

The “Pink Lady Bandit” has been captured after robbing four banks along the East Coast, in three different states. Two of these banks were in N.C. The pink lady bandit didn’t act alone, her male accomplice is also in custody. So much for a modern day Bonnie & Clyde.

(AYDEN,NC)- UPDATE 7/29/19 08:47PM: The same unidentified suspect from the original story last week where one bank robbery occurred in Ayden, NC at Southern Bank, unfolded a bigger picture into an FBI investigation.

The “Pink Lady Bandit” is believed to have robbed four different banks along the East Coast, in three states, two of which were in N.C.

In each individual robbery, there were similar characteristics. The female suspect showed the teller a note demanding money, and in two specified cases she was carrying a distinctive style of a pink handbag. The pink handbag lead to her being dubbed as the “Pink Lady Bandit”. Other physical characteristics were yoga style pants, tank tops, big dark sunglasses, and a grayish colored baseball cap.

Photo Courtesy of FBI
Photo Courtesy of FBI

In each case, the suspect showed the teller a note that demanded money. She has since been dubbed the nickname, “Pink Lady Bandit” because in at least two of the robberies she carried a very distinctive pink handbag.

The Pink Lady Bandit didn’t act alone and her “Clyde” – accomplice, has also been arrested in the series of robberies. FBI- Charlotte, Public Affairs Specialist, Shelley Lynch issued the following in a release on the FBI website:

“The Charlotte Division of the FBI arrested Circe Baez (DOB August 9, 1983) and Alexis Morales (DOB May 15, 1981) on July 28, 2019, in connection with at least four bank robberies along the East Coast. The bank robberies occurred at the following locations:

  • Orrstown Bank, 1 Giant Lane, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on July 20, 2019
  • M&T Bank, 19511 Camelot Drive, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on July 23, 2019
  • Southern Bank, 236 West 3rd Street in Ayden, North Carolina, on July 24, 2019
  • BB&T, 8 Raleigh Street in Hamlet, North Carolina, on July 26, 2019

Evidence gathered during the course of the investigation by the FBI, Greenville Police Department, the Ayden Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, Carlisle Police Department, and the Delaware State Police led agents and task force officers to identify Circe Baez as the woman who robbed at least four banks. Agents and officers uncovered additional evidence after the robbery in Hamlet, North Carolina, to identify Morales as an accomplice to the crimes.

On Sunday, July 28, 2019, investigators located Baez and Morales at the Charlotte Speedway Inn & Suites located at 1408 West Sugar Creek Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Violent Criminal Apprehension Team took the suspects into custody without incident. They were transported to Pitt County where they went before a local magistrate judge and were booked into the Pitt County Detention Center. The suspects are currently being held at the Pitt County Detention Center in Greenville, North Carolina, on $4 million bond each. At this time, they are charged in connection with the bank robberies in Ayden and Hamlet, North Carolina. Specific details on the individual charges they face can be found at the Pitt County Detention Center website. 

Baez is also currently charged by the Carlisle Police Department. Both suspects are likely facing additional charges from other state agencies and perhaps federal charges in connection to the cases. The investigation is ongoing.

The following agencies partnered in this investigation: FBI Charlotte, Delaware State Police, Carlisle Police Department, Ayden Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, Greenville Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, FBI Baltimore, and FBI Philadelphia.”

The Pink Lady Bandit and her side kick have traded in the pink purse for one pillow case, orange jump suits and hotel suites on the run for jail cells.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact your local FBI Office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit a tip at: tips.fbi.gov


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(AYDEN, NC)- Ayden Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who robbed a local bank today on foot.

APD released the bank robbery suspect caught on surveillance footage at Southern Bank. APD reported that at approximately 4:10-4:15 PM this Wednesday evening, the 236 Third Street location was robbed by the female pictured in photos below.

Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept.
Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept
Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept

Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept
Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept

The suspect is described as a white female, late 20s to early 30s who was wearing a black tank top, black/white printed legging style pants, a blue ball cap and a pink purse.

The suspect was said to be traveling on foot.

If you have any information, please call the Ayden Police Department at 252-481-5844 or our EZ Call Program at 252-746-APD0.

There is up to a $5,000 reward offered through the North Carolina Bankers Association for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

64-year-old man wanted for armed bank robbery

John Howard Johnson age 64. is wanted for bank robbery in Wilmington on Tuesday. He is wanted for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Anyone with information is encouraged to use text-a-tip or call WPD.

(WILMINGTON,NC)- John Howard Johnson, age 64 has been identified as the alleged suspect in a bank robbery at First Bank located at 201 Market Street downtown Wilmington on Tuesday.

It was reported by witnesses that Johnson entered the bank at approximately 9 AM, handing a bank teller a note stating he had a gun and demanding money. Johnson left the bank and is believed to have left the area. It is also believed that Johnson was traveling in a tan 2015 Nissan Altima.

Stock image of the make and model of suspected vehicle:

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Stock Photo Source: Greenlite Motors

Wilmington Police Department shared the video footage below Tuesday afternoon over Facebook.

Johnson is wanted for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Anyone with information should use Text-a-Tip by texting “CRIMES” (274637) and starting the text with “Tip708.” or call Wilmington PD at 910-343-3609.

 

Second woman arrested for child abuse at Childcare Network in Sneads Ferry

Second arrest made in the Childcare Network case in Sneads ferry last month. The daycare is not an operation currently, following this incident.

On June 10, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Childcare Network Daycare located in Sneads Ferry, regarding an 11-month-old male child that was in their care. The company reported the child was transported to the hospital earlier in the day regarding a medical emergency but learned later on the child was intentionally injured by a day care worker there. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation which determined that the day care worker, Bethan Pringle, was responsible for the child’s injuries. The child’s injuries were from head trauma which resulted when the child was intentionally dropped by the suspect. On June 19, 2019 Bethan Pringle, age 23 was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. She was given a $100,000 secured bond and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

 

The Investigation continued and on July 23, 2019 a second employee was also arrested for injuring the child. This employee, McKayla Paula Sausser, 19-years-old of Gregory Fork Road in Richlands was arrested July 23, 2019 by SVU Detective L. Kensington and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury.  Sausser had assaulted the infant by repeatedly forcibly pushing the infant’s head down in a crib. Sausser was placed under a $100,000 secured bond by the Magistrate and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.  Sausser has a first court appearance on July 24, 2019.    

 

 

As of today, the Childcare Network Daycare in Sneads Ferry is not in operation.

 

 

 

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

 

 

Two teens arrested for stealing golf carts in Holly Ridge

Two Hampstead teens were arrested in Holly Ridge after stealing two golf carts from a local business.

On Friday, July 19, 2019 Holly Ridge PD received a call from the owner of Holly Ridge Tire regarding golf carts that were stolen from the business.

The owner located the golf carts and the two suspects nearby in the woods on Green Street and Hines Street. HRPD Officers arrived on scene and detained the suspects. Upon reviewing video surveillance from the business, and interviewing the suspects, they were formally charged with the following:

Dovontae McDuffy, 17-years-old, of 508 Rose Point Road, Hampstead, NC

Photo Courtesy of HRPD
  • (2) counts Felony Larceny
  • (2) counts of Trespassing
  • (2) counts of Property Damage
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Property
  • Felony Conspiracy

Micah Howard, 18-years-old, of 498 Williams Store Road, Hampstead, NC

Photo Courtesy of HRPD
  • Felony Larceny
  • Trespasing
  • (2) counts of Property Damage
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Property
  • Felony Conspiracy
  • 4 outstanding Orders For Arrest

McDuffy was given a $15,500 secured bond and Howard was given a $23,500 secured bond. Custody of the two subjects was turned over to the Onslow County Detention Center.

Neither suspect shows any prior criminal charges or convictions in the NC Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) database.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

OCSO is seeking the public’s help identifying people involved in a drive-by shooting in Jacksonville

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating the owner or driver of a vehicle involved with two people being shot in the area of Blue Creek Farms Road on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Around 6:30 p.m. deputies with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office arrived at Blue Creek Farms Drive in Jacksonville to find two people with gunshot wounds. One woman, age 30, was shot in her lower back-upper leg area, and a 19-year-old woman was shot in the lower abdomen. Both females were treated at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. The 19-year-old was later transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for further treatment. The 30-year-old was treated and released from the hospital on Monday.

The investigation revealed that a dark-colored, two-door car drove by and shot at the residence during a party that known gang affiliates were attending. The vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed when the shootings occurred.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation and fear of retaliation against the victims and their families, we are not releasing the victims’ names.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.  

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF: OCSO

PHOTO COURTESY OF: OCSO

 

 

Anyone with information about this incident, or if you can identify the owner of the vehicle in the photos, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010347 when calling.

 

 

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

 

 

OCSO asks for public’s help identifying Walmart thief

OCSO Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a man wanted for questioning in a felony larceny case.

On June 25, 2019 a white male walked into the Richlands Walmart location at 349 Kinston Hwy and stole thousands of dollars worth of Bose Headphones.

The man broke the lock off the case in the electronics section where he placed them in a two drawer filing cabinet. But instead of paying for the headphones he paid for only the two-drawer filing cabinet that he put them in and walked out. He exited the store and left in a vehicle.

The photos that are attached within are of the male suspect that is wanted for questioning in this matter of crime.

The photos are from Walmart surveillance and show a white male wearing a black hat, black shirt and tan pants with the file cabinet.  The OCSO says, “We cannot provide a better description of the male or the vehicle.”

If you know the individual shown, or if you hear of Bose Headphones being sold by an individual, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Det. Sgt. Lincoln at 910-989-4064, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.  Please refer to case 2019009424 when calling.

 

 

 

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

 

 

OCSO is seeking info about a recovered stolen vehicle submerged in water

From four County sheriffs office to seeking the publics help and information in regards to a recovered stolen vehicle. The vehicle was stolen in February and recovered by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team this week submerged in water.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with information about a recovered stolen vehicle.

Deputies responded to a residence on Riggs Road in Hubert, NC on February 24, 2019 for a report from a victim of car theft. On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 around 2:30P.M., deputies responded to a call that a vehicle had been located that was completely submerged in water on Rocky Run Road in Jacksonville, NC. It was discovered upon the recovery, this vehicle matches that of the vehicle stolen in February during the investigation.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team assisted in the recovery and the Crime Scene Unit processing of the car.

The vehicle is a 2001 Honda Accord, 4-door, silver or gray in color. Detectives ask anyone with information about the vehicle to call Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019002820 when calling.

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

 

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

 

Man arrested for stealing materials from Atlantic Construction site

An Onslow County felon has been arrested and charged with a number of felony charges for theft of materials from a construction site.

 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release this morning a Richlands man has been arrested on charges for stealing a construction site throughout the county.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, county sheriffs deputies responded to the area of Holly Grove Court in Jacksonville where there was a report of a suspicious vehicle leaving the area hauling a trailer.

This particular area has new homes that are under construction and has had issues with the building materials being stolen.

“Deputies located and stopped the truck in the Speedway gas station parking lot in Richlands.  After identifying the driver as Michael Hancock and upon searching the trailer, several pieces of stolen property were recovered.” said the OCSO release.

In the stolen property discovered during the search, were building materials and other items used in construction.

Detectives’ investigation revealed that Hancock was also involved in larcenies that occurred back in June 2019, on Union Chapel Church Road where appliances were stolen.    

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety database shows that Michael Hancock also has a criminal history of Felony Larceny dating back to 2007 and 2008. He was given suspended sentences and probation for those crimes.

Michael Hancock, 37-years-old of Floyd Pond Lane in Richlands, was taken into custody, transferred to the magistrate’s office and charged with:

  • Felony Larceny From a Construction Site
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Property From a Construction Site
  • (2) Counts Felony Breaking and Entering
  • (2) Counts Felony Larceny
  • (2) Counts Felony Possession of Stolen Property
  • Felony Larceny After Breaking and Entering
  • Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense

Hancock was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under an $83,000 secured bond.

This arrest closes several cases where Atlantic Construction was the victim of thefts.

 

Anyone with information about incidences of theft in construction site is asked to contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Hipple at 910-989-4040, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010123 when calling.

 

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.