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Suspect in Fayetteville police chase surrenders

Posted January 7, 2010
Updated January 8, 2010

— The suspect in a Fayetteville police chase that left one man dead surrendered to authorities on Thursday evening.

Percyful Junior McIntyre, 24, faces charges of second-degree murder, felony speeding to elude arrest, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony hit and run, police said.

McIntyre is a suspect in an early Wednesday police chase that started when a woman called police to report a suspicious man who was looking in vehicles in the Ingleside Drive neighborhood.

The woman called police again a short time later and said that her husband was following the man who had stolen a silver Ford F-150 truck.

Police tried to pull over the suspect, but he refused to stop and a chase ensued. Officers said they started backing off the pickup in the Bragg Street area when it nearly crashed into several vehicles.

As the pursuit moved towards Pamalee Drive and Cain Road, two officers with marked patrol cars and blue lights flashing blocked the intersection "to reduce the likelihood of other vehicles being struck by the suspect vehicle," police said.

Police said a PT Cruiser driven by 43-year-old John Velandra “failed to yield to the officers at the scene and entered the intersection when the light in his direction of travel turned green.”

Shortly after entering the intersection, the pickup truck struck Velandra's vehicle and the suspect ran away, police said. Emergency crews took Velandra to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.


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  • Redneck Fun Jan 8, 2010

    Common Sense Man: I would agree, but I guess according to the law we are wrong. I am all for writing letters, emails, and making phone calls to my "representatives" to change that. Anybody interested?

  • Common Sense Man Jan 8, 2010

    I think a truck blasting through a red light at an intersection is a deadly weapon.

  • Redneck Fun Jan 8, 2010

    oftenbad: excerpt GS 14-17 (Felony Murder Law): or which shall be committed in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of any arson, rape or a sex offense, robbery, kidnapping, burglary, or other felony committed or attempted with the use of a deadly weapon shall be deemed to be murder in the first degree, a Class A felony, and any person who commits such murder shall be punished with death or imprisonment in the State's prison for life without parole

    Unfortunately this does not fall into that category. Not ALL felonies fall under the "Felony Murder Law"

    I am glad he is off the streets!! It also seems he was charged appropriately, and with as much as was justified.
    For those seeking his record, check the article in the F-ville Observer. It has some good info about him and what happened.

  • BraveHeart Jan 8, 2010

    Society has not failed these people...they failed society..put the needle in and let it drain dry

  • Lead by Example Jan 8, 2010

    I'm just glad that this suspect was charged with murder, as opposed to a lesser offense. It would be nice if it could be first degree though.

  • burnstock99 Jan 8, 2010

    Another upstandning citizen locked up. He should never see the outside world again. What was going on his life that he needed to steal a truck and run from police? There needs to be more intervention in these young mens lives. We are failing miserably as a society.

  • G-man Jan 8, 2010

    Give him the needle. He went from stealing a truck to murder.

  • YPG Jan 8, 2010

    How did they identify the perp?

  • Just the facts mam Jan 8, 2010

    Another terrorist hopefully off the streets for awhile - many more to go.

  • whiffer1 Jan 8, 2010

    Based on his previous photo it looks like Percy decided to clean up his act before presenting himself to the law. I'm sure he will have lawyers lining up to take his case now. Would love to see what his rap sheet looks like.
    It was interesting that the gentleman that died failed to yield to the police cars blocking the intersection. Makes you wonder. Was he distracted by something?