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Wake deputies nab suspect after two-hour foot chase near Garner

Posted August 20, 2008

— Law enforcement officers have captured the man they believe led them on a foot chase through a southern Wake County subdivision for almost two hours Wednesday.

According to Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, deputies got a report of someone driving erratically behind Poplar Springs Church before 3:30 p.m. They caught up with the suspect on Old Stage Road, where he rammed a police car, then fled on foot.

“The secretary came out and when she came out, the guy was just speeding out of the cemetery driveway and that's when he collided with the deputy's car and kept going along Old Stage Road,” Jackie Branch, a Poplar Springs Church member, said.

Sheriff's deputies, Garner police officers and highway patrol troopers established a perimeter around the Eagle Ridge golf community to track the man.

“One of the troopers spotted him. He went up a path, jumped out and ran,” Harrison said.

Michael Raymond Schumpelt, 16, was captured in a wooded area of the subdivision just after 5 p.m.

“We used the 911 reverse, and we had some neighbors call us. We had a lot of help from the neighbors, too, and that made a big difference,” Harrison said.

“I see all these police cars with their lights on – this one pulling over here, that one pulling over there, that one zooming down the road,” Pat Anthony, an Eagle Ridge Golf Community resident, said.

Law enforcement officers helped teachers to dismiss students from nearby Vance Elementary School at about 3:45 p.m. The after-school program at the school was being conducted with limited attendance, and the school was locked down during the search.

Schumpelt was still being processed at the Wake County Jail Wednesday evening. Last month, he pleaded guilty to a breaking and entering charge, authorities told WRAL.


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  • tsquaring Aug 21, 2008

    His parents must be proud!

  • Anne N Aug 21, 2008

    why did he run??what did he have to hide.

  • iron fist Aug 21, 2008

    What is he charged with? For the article they believe they arrested the person who led them on a foot chase. Lots missing here.

  • truthinadvertising Aug 21, 2008

    Pled guilty to breaking and entering last month...nice. I guess he had learned his lesson.
    Justice system please make sure that he gets and appropriate punishment.

  • Shag Aug 21, 2008

    That little boy needs to be taken out behind the woodshed.

  • TheDecider Aug 20, 2008

    I can picture Raineesha Williams and Trudy Wiegel running after said suspect before finding some carts. Not pretty. Whew. At least we're all safe tonight and can sleep with the windows wide open.

  • abbynum Aug 20, 2008

    Thanks to the officers and school staff for the school lock-down & making sure our kids were safe.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 20, 2008

    We haven't heard the whole story yet. What does "driving erratically near a church" mean? Was he weaving? Was he going fast or starting and stopping? Was he driving in circles? Why was he "driving erratically"? Was he intoxicated, on drugs, depressed, or just being an unrully kid? There's more to this. This isn't your typical punk out to cause trouble.

  • Winthro Aug 20, 2008

    16 yrs. old. What is going on with todays kids?! TN is looking better every day. Good job brothers.

  • Jeff_W Aug 20, 2008

    Excellent job and kudos to Wake's K-9 units!!!!!