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Goldsboro man leads deputies on six-hour manhunt

Posted November 25, 2008

— A Goldsboro man led authorities on a six-hour manhunt Monday as they tried to arrest him on charges that he sexually assaulted two children.

Wayne County sheriff’s deputies tracked Larry Gene Garner Jr. into a wooded area and arrested him.

Authorities charged Garner, 43, with first-degree sex offense and indecent liberties with a child. The children were 8 and 10, authorities said.

Garner, of 411 Charlie Braswell Road, was being held on a $300,000 secured bond.

Before his arrest, authorities searched several locations in Wayne County before finding Garner’s vehicle on Capps Bridge Road off Highway 70 West.

Garner was not in the vehicle and had left a note threatening that he would harm himself, officials said. He also used a cell phone to tell people about his plans to harm himself, deputies said.

With the assistance of a sheriff’s dog, authorities tracked Garner through a wooded area and found him armed with two handguns. Deputies arrested him without any resistance, however.


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  • horrorqueen Dec 1, 2008

    I think that in the United States, we are ALL innocent until proven guilty, no matter what crime that we are charged with. Also for those of you posting to this story, PLEASE get all of your information correct before posting misguided information.

  • Martha Lynch Nov 26, 2008

    Unfortunately, I know this man. He was a former member of my community. He has three children; a teenaged son, a pre-teen daughter and a young son. There has always been turmoil in their/his life... now I wonder what those poor children really had to suffer. This makes me incredibly sick to my stomach. The victims and their families need lots of support and prayers at this time. Gene does, too. I cannot imagine the sickness and sin that would cause you to harm an innocent child. He will be punished regardless of whether it is here on earth or not. I agree that he should have probably carried out the threats of harming himself. Life with this on his conscience and sitting in jail somewhere isn't going to be punishment enough.

  • familyfour Nov 25, 2008

    It's bad everywhere...it is just really scary to see so much of this type of crime, so many, so close, in such a short period of time. I wish they made a special no feed jail for people like this. Just lock em up, and forget about 'em.

  • Tizu Nov 25, 2008

    the way things SOUND, maybe wayne county deputy's should have asked johnston co for some assistance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    November 25, 2008 12:10 p.m

    I've lived in Wayne County...I now live in Johnston County. I don't see where one is any better than the other to be honest.

  • bngexpress Nov 25, 2008

    the way things SOUND, maybe wayne county deputy's should have asked johnston co for some assistance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jbrlangley Nov 25, 2008

    waste of flesh

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 25, 2008

    Justin T., the Death Penalty isn't part of this case. Whether it should be is another argument. He didn't kill anyone, so time in prison is the only course of action.

  • shoyaryt Nov 25, 2008

    "and people wonder why guns are selling like hot cakes,it's because of animals such as this that young women everywhere are learning to carry and USE weapons,our criminal system needs to held responsible for this mans actions"

    Copied from another GOLO post

  • clintoflannagan Nov 25, 2008

    Typical criminal. Threatens to harm himself and has the capability to do so but then isn't man enough to finish the job.

  • Holy Carp. Nov 25, 2008

    Larry Gene...They're going to love you in prison.