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Raleigh Police Search For Northampton County Murder Suspects

Posted October 10, 2002

— A manhunt is under way in Raleigh for two men considered armed and dangerous.

Raleigh Police got a call from the Northampton County Sheriff's Office informing them that two of three men wanted for a murder there last month had ties to Raleigh.

Authorities said Aaron Forrest and Christopher Clanton are wanted in Northampton County on murder charges. A third man, Willie Forrest, was arrested Tuesday night after police said he held his aunt hostage with a knife to her throat.

Cynthia Moore said did not realize she was risking her life when she let he nephew into her Raleigh home Tuesday night.

"He grabbed me. He got the butcher knife. I said 'As good as I've been to this child, I haven't done anything to deserve this," she said.

Moore said Forrest threatened to kill her if she put him out and used knives from her kitchen to emphasize his threat. She was treated for cuts and bruises.

Moore's roommate came home in the middle of the hostage situation and called police. Officers hid from Forrest for several hours as he came out of the house several times holding a knife to his aunt's throat.

Police ended the situation when they surrounded the house and surprised Forrest as he walked Moore down Oakwood Avenue.

"Of course he saw us and we approached him. He said "If you come near me I'll kill her.' But the officers got close enough to spray him with pepper spray which blinded him, and they were able to successfully disarm him," said Capt. D.S. Overman of the Raleigh Police Department.

A Raleigh police officer suffered minor injuries.

The three men are wanted for a murder that Northampton County officials said happened during a home invasion robbery.

Police said Aaron Forrest, also known as Oreo, used to live in Raleigh with his mother and brother.

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