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Walmart evacuated as Wake deputies search for suspects

Posted June 4, 2013

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— Walmart on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh was briefly evacuated Tuesday evening as authorities searched for four suspects who wrecked a stolen car and ran near the store.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said a deputy tried to pull over the car on New Hope Road about 6 p.m. after it was traveling erratically. The driver did not stop, and a pursuit began.

The car, which was reported stolen Sunday, veered onto New Bern Avenue, Harrison said. That’s when four teenage occupants jumped out and ran.

The empty car continued into the eastbound lanes of New Bern Avenue, where it crashed into silver Honda Accord, Harrison said.

A man driving the Honda appeared to be unhurt.

Deputies began chasing the teens on foot. It was not clear whether any of the suspects entered the store, which is at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and New Hope Road.

The store was evacuated as deputies searched the area. Two of the suspects were quickly taken into custody. Deputies thought they had apprehended a third but released the man after determining he was the wrong person.

The remaining two suspects were described as a black female wearing khaki capri pants, a blue shirt and a Chicago Bulls hat, and a black male wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Walmart reopened about 7:30 p.m.


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  • johnmdlin Jun 6, 2013

    I'm confused about a couple of things. Not sure why that Reverend was even brought up in discussion. He isn't mentioned in the article at all so confused about that for one thing.
    Second is, I'm not sure I understand the rationale for evacuating a store that you think "fugitives" are in or around. Wouldn't bringing everyone out into the parking lot be like making them targets more than if they were in the store and the store were on lock down with officers patrolling the inside of the store? This story just doesn't make sense at all. Just my opinion.

  • justthefacts Jun 5, 2013

    This is the worst Walmart in Raleigh. Almost every time I go there I get accosted by a homeless person asking for money. I try to avoid it if at all possible. Not AT ALL surprised to hear this story.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jun 5, 2013

    Well said "bacchianm"... There is lot of black people in denial, and not willing to accept that it is what it is...
    - paulawindley

    There are more white people who aren't willing to accept that it is what it is because of them, too.

  • turbo08 Jun 5, 2013

    What is the high sheriff doing pulling over cars?
    Click to view my profile djofraleigh
    June 5, 2013 8:29 a.m

    The story doesn't say anything about the high sheriff pull over cars. It says Sheriff Donnie Harrison said a deputy attempted to pull someone over.

  • paulawindley Jun 5, 2013

    Well said "bacchianm"... There is lot of black people in denial, and not willing to accept that it is what it is...

  • wakemom Jun 5, 2013

    Obamacare, wakemom was quoting happyhappy.

    But they say black people cant read and comprehend LOL

    And I agree with you too. Not all black people support everything Rev Barber does. SMH

  • bacchianm Jun 5, 2013

    wakemom: I believe that they do. If there was mention of a black crayon, they would still bring up Rev Barber's name.

    they are either obsessed with Rev Barber or black people. Maybe both.

    No not obsessed, just tired of seeing vast majority of crimes being reported are committed by blacks.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jun 5, 2013

    wakemom, what in God's name is an inelegant person? - Obamacare for life

    1.Having or showing a lack of physical grace, elegance, or refinement.

    That word wakemom used applies to you.

    You should really look up words before you post. Look up the words "ignorant" and "irony", too, while you're at it.

  • sweetlyght Jun 5, 2013

    Not all black people agree with Rev Barber. Most of us are not at Moral Mondays agree or not, and I'm guessing there are probably a lot of college kids involved in these.

    Either way, I don't think Rev Barber has any responsibility to those teenagers. He's not their daddy.

  • sweetlyght Jun 5, 2013

    Obamacare, wakemom was quoting happyhappy.