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Teen gets $265,000 bond after two-hour foot chase

Posted August 21, 2008

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— Authorities set bond at $265,000 for a teen who led them on a foot chase through a southern Wake County subdivision for nearly two hours Wednesday.

Michael Raymond Schumpelt, 16, was expected to appear in court at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Deputies charged him with assault with a deadly weapon on a government officer, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of felonious possession of stolen property.

He was also facing a breaking-and-entering charge that happened two weeks ago, authorities said.

Deputies got a report of someone driving erratically behind Poplar Springs Church before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

They caught up with Schumpelt on Old Stage Road, where he rammed a police car, then fled on foot, officials said. The red, Chevy Monte Carlo he was driving was a stolen car, officials said. Authorities found a weapon inside the car.

“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 Schumpelt.

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

Deputies captured him 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 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.


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  • Eduardo1 Aug 21, 2008

    IAMFORJUSTICE.....SOB-SOB-SOB. The poor kid, blah-blah-blah. Where did we go wrong. No one went wrong but this poor FELON!

  • iamforjustice Aug 21, 2008

    Poor lil kid. I feel sorry for him the way he is being treated. People don't forget...this is still a child and someone's child at that. You don't know what led this good kid to such travesty. Pray for him and I know all will be well for him.

  • eviltwinbob Aug 21, 2008

    Go back to what ever liberal, tree hugging state you came from. This criminal has shown that he has no reguard for other people. He does not respect the law or its officers. Breaking news, yes. The neighborhood was on alert due to the number of emergency vehicles in their usually quiet neighborhood. The news break was to inform the public.
    I disagree with you on the value of children. Children are our future. This person is not a child. He is a criminal and has shown it yet again. Plus watch for the future, he will show it again if allowed to get another slap on the wrist. Luckily for him, he was caught in Wake County where the judges are some of the most liberal in the state. So you should see him again on TV in a few months as he breaks some more laws. But please feel sorry for him, he wants you to.

  • thepeopleschamp Aug 21, 2008

    Myra, I hope I'm missing sarcasm on your part. You don't really think the police were harrassing this "child" (or felon I think is the correct term) do you? Why not invite him into your home to stay when he gets out so the police will not bother him?

    Also, what cops and Troopers have been charged with worse crimes? You invite the "child" to your home and I'll invite the police into my home and we'll see at the end of the night who has the most silverware missing.

  • sideline Aug 21, 2008

    Now this guy will go to Prison, But, the other guy who was drunk driving and killed an innocent woman get's probation. What a JOKE!

  • Myra Aug 21, 2008

    Yes it very common in North Carolina to commit a felony and get probation only. Generally, most child sex offenders (including teachers) get to PLEAD DOWN and get probation only. Some don't have to register as sex offender.

    I find it disgusting to use this CAR WRECK as breaking news. How many ARMED, police officers does it take to PERP WALK a child? Harrasing, demeaning, and intimidating the boy by public humilitation by pulling his shirt down and treating him as if he were a rapist and serial killer was not professional; -- considering how many cops and troopers have been charged with much worse crimes.

    Children have no value in North Carolina. Teachers can legally hit a child. check it out http://www.nospank.net see for yourself what it's legal to do to a child in NC and ask yourself how Michael Shumpelt was treated to turn him into the person he is today. That may require compassion and that is so lacking in NC.

  • Adelinthe Aug 21, 2008

    "...is it a normal practice to be convicted of a Felony and serve no time?"

    Is in NC.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Aug 21, 2008

    "but teenages make STUPID CHOICES EVERY DAY."


    Still, this young'un ticked off the wrong people. Had he molested a child, his bond would've been less.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Aug 21, 2008

    No doubt about it...this young'un ticked LEO off.

    So why is it again that he got $250,000 bond when a child molester only gets $5,000 or 3 months in jail?

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • bs101fly Aug 21, 2008

    i saw the helicopter flying around and it had missle shells on it.
    TOO BAD they didn't fire one and make our community just a TAD safer for the rest of us!
    I could've taken him out with a driver.
    And next will!