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Subject of Wayne County manhunt found hiding under Kinston home

Posted April 26

A man who was the subject of a Wayne County manhunt Monday was captured Wednesday evening in Kinston.

— A man who was the subject of a Wayne County manhunt Monday was captured Wednesday evening in Kinston.

Ricky Terrel Ward, 33, was found hiding under an abandoned home at 102 West Shine Street at about 6 p.m. and was taken into custody by members of the Kinston Police Department SWAT team, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, Lenior County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

Authorities said Ward is a suspect in the Sunday death of David Demarlo Thompson, 35, who was found with gunshot wounds in the backyard of a home at 109 Arrowhead Road and died on the way to the hospital.

Authorities said Goldsboro police have also obtained warrants charging Ward with shooting into occupied property, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Goldsboro charges stem from a March 27 incident in which authorities said Ward tried to rob a couple at a Speedway gas station at U.S. Highway 70 West and Claridge Nursery Road.

Authorities said Ward allegedly wrecked a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Wake County on March 19 after Wayne county deputies attempted to stop him following the robbery. He is wanted by the Raleigh Police Department in connection with the theft.

A “code red” was issued Monday for residents within a 3-mile radius of Durham Lake Road in Dudley after a man who fit Ward’s description was seen running into the woods with a firearm.

Ward was in a vehicle at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when police attempted to pull him over for a routine traffic stop. Ward fled, launching a second manhunt. The vehicle he fled from was stolen, Kinston police said.

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