On Dec. 27, police in Lincolnton, North Carolina, announced that they had captured a man who was wanted on federal weapons charges. The Lincolnton, North Carolina, police chief said that his department received a call earlier that afternoon from a woman claiming that a man was attempting to break into her home. Officers responded quickly and were attracted by sound to someone running through a nearby wooded area. A brief foot chase ensued, which resulted in the arrest of a 49-year-old man whom police say has a prior criminal history that includes four felonies.
According to the homeowner, the defendant entered her home through the crawl space of the house and announced to her that he required medical treatment. Authorities arrived on the scene just moments after the woman placed her emergency call.
Once in custody, officers later discovered that the defendant was the same person involved in a Dec. 18 manhunt that began In Maiden, North Carolina. In that incident, the defendant fled after a deputy attempted to serve a warrant on him. The defendant allegedly took off in his car that he later abandoned near Anderson Mountain Road in Maiden, North Carolina. An eight-hour manhunt ensued that involved officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Service and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Officials say that the defendant is also wanted on weapons charges by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives. Police in Lincolnton, North Carolina, have since charged the defendant with breaking and entering, possession of a firearm by a felon and speeding to elude arrest. The defendant reportedly also faces a host of other charges from three different area counties including assault by pointing a gun, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
The defendant is now being held in Lincoln County Detention Center on $300,000 bond.
If you are a North Carolina resident who is currently facing criminal charges, you should know that your arrest does not automatically ensure that you will be convicted. Prosecutors have an obligation to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on all charges brought against you. This can be rather difficult in some cases depending on certain circumstances. Your North Carolina criminal defense attorney can assist you with preparing a sound defensive legal strategy.
Source: The Hickory Daily Record, "Federal fugitive caught, arrested for breaking into woman's home" Daphne Chen, Dec. 29, 2014