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Police: Raleigh man flees two crime scenes in RV

Posted May 10, 2011

— A Raleigh man accused of paying for a dinner with a bogus gift card and then trying to drug a woman in a bar was arrested Monday night when police pulled over a stolen recreational vehicle.

William Dixon Wellons, 65, of 7105-B Woodbend Drive, was charged with felony possession of stolen goods, felony contaminating of food or drink with a controlled substance, misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. He also was served with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on an earlier shoplifting charge in Durham.

Police said a customer at Winston's Grille, at 6401 Falls of Neuse Road, used phony gift cards to pay for dinner Monday and walked out on a $67.91 bill. Witnesses told police the man headed south in an RV.

While an officer was handling that case, a call came in from the Carolina Ale House, at 512 Creekside Drive, about a man trying to drug a woman. Police said the man put some diazepam, the chemical name for Valium, into her drink.

William Wellons Man charged in alleged RV crime spree

The man fled the Carolina Ale House in an RV, police said, and the officer at Winston's Grille spotted the vehicle headed north on Falls of Neuse and determined the same person was involved in both crimes. The officer stopped the RV a couple of miles later on Falls of Neuse Road, just south of Interstate 540, police said.

Police determined that the Dodge Sprinter RV had been stolen in Durham.

Wellons, who was being held Tuesday in the Wake County jail under a $155,000 bond, had 14 diazepam tablets with him when he was arrested, police said.

He has a lengthy arrest record, dating to 1965. Charges against him include larceny, indecent exposure and second-degree kidnapping. According to the state Department of Correction, he was convicted in 2003 of two counts of assault on a female.


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  • dmccoy May 11, 2011

    wow he really wanted a woman bad how many women has he done this too and gotten away with it and what if he did some really bad to the women he drug and took away look into missing women and see if he has a link to them

  • ncjohnp May 11, 2011

    I banned this guy from my bar last week. I work at Chilis @ triangle town center and he used to come in several times a day. He was always trying to sell cologne samples and other junk to my guests. It's creepy because he would always sit right next to girls in the bar, even if the bar was empty. He left a tour bus/RV sitting in our parking lot for a week, so we told him he was not allowed back and had to move the bus. I never witnessed him tamper with a drink, but judging by how be always acted this doesn't surprise me at all. Be safe out there ladies!!!

  • hellorhighwaters May 10, 2011

    What is the deal with this 'man'. (I use that term lightly.)
    He's 65, and acting like he's in middle school just starting out and experiencing things. What is wrong with him. And on an RV. Does this man have children that can sit him down in a nice (maybe not so nice) nursing home; where he can stay out of trouble?

    And then again....trying to drug someone at 65 years old....that's just nasty! Yea, he needs to be locked up...for a (Long) while......then put him in a nursing home.

  • shortcake53 May 10, 2011

    What a prince. Lets hope THIS time they keep him locked up.

  • Lyle May 10, 2011

    Wow! Time to give him a time-out for the duration! You'd think he'd feel too old to pull this stuff.....

  • jrhodes May 10, 2011

    Obviously I did read the story. I apologize for being human and making a simple mistake. Still, the Alehouse, that location in particular, is not exactly the first place you'd expect to find this kind of character. The times I've been in there, it's been fairly relaxed and far from a club environment, especially compared to the other ones. So my point that the bad guys are everywhere still applies. Also, a Dodge Sprinter is not what most people typically think of when you say "RV". It's more like an oddly shaped, oversized van. Still not your ideal getaway vehicle though. Hopefully they'll keep him off the streets for a nice long time.

  • Weetie May 10, 2011

    WHY is he NOT IN prison?

  • ednraleigh May 10, 2011

    Now he will get three square meals a day and a roof over his head without having to pay for gas or insurance. What a way to go out with a bang (to the taxpayers). He should be made to perform/pay restitution for the rest of his days behind bars.

  • bombayrunner May 10, 2011

    Guess the senior citizen discound wasnt enough.

  • Joani P. May 10, 2011

    LOL @ these comments, making me laugh out loud!