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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Pine Valley Elementary School and Holly Tree Elementary School were under lockdown this afternoon as law enforcement officers searched for a suspect involved in a car chase earlier this afternoon. The lockdowns were lifted in time for normal dismissal for students.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says it all started with a breaking and entering on Golden Road south of Monkey Junction. When deputies got there they saw a car with two men that fit the description of the suspects. Once the deputy had the tag number of the car, he stopped pursuing and put out an alert on the car.

Brewer says Highway Patrol saw the car and tried to pull it over near the fire station in the Pine Valley area off South College Road. That’s when he says the two men jumped out and ran.

Officers caught Melvin Woodrow Boyer near the car. He has been charged with multiple felonies. He is being held in the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $49,500.00 bond.

Detectives are still searching for the second suspect.

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  • Guest121

    Irregardless of where crime occurs, it is debilitating and traumatizes the victims and/or innocent bystanders. God bless the students, staff, and parents.

  • 421

    I doubt anyone was traumatized. This is just a normal everyday occurance in Wilmington.

  • Ace

    Maybe the police can look for the carol Johnson murderer while they chase down the other crook in the valley.

    Guess they forgot about that one, we haven’t ….

  • 1055

    well, i bet the homeowner who witnessed their home being robbed is pretty traumatized..

  • Worried Parent

    I am APPALLED that this happened, and that parents weren’t notified until after the children were released from school. Then to read this article and see that at that time the man still wasn’t caught! What if he had high jacked a bus? It is absurd that no one cared about keeping the children safe instead of dismissing them, but yet they were put on lock down before hand? I would have appreciated the opportunity to pick my children up, but it was too late since that had just arrived home off the school bus when I received the call. Not sure who made this BAD call…but good job NEW HANOVER COUNTY SCHOOLS!!!!


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