Bank robbery suspect arrested after nearly 5-hour standoff

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Submitted: Thu, 09/29/2011 - 7:50am
Updated: Thu, 09/29/2011 - 7:22pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say the man suspected of an armed bank robbery earlier Wednesday barricaded himself inside a duplex on Greenville Avenue. The suspect, 38-year-old Clay McArthur, was arrested after a nearly five-hour standoff.

Wilmington Police set up a mobile command post on the corner of Greenville and Hinton Avenue. A portion of Greenville was closed for much of the night.

Police say it all started around 7:30 or 8 p.m. Officers had shown up to the home to try and speak with McArthur when he barricaded himself inside.

Officers kept neighbors back from the scene. The SABLE helicopter was in the air circling the duplex, as police said the man was armed with an assault rifle.

“We used our bomb robot to break out the windows in the house, and as we were breaking the windows out around the lower floors of the house he finally decided that he was going to give up,” Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said.

Shots were fired to take out a light fixture off Greenville Avenue. No one was hurt during the standoff. McArthur was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

“We were very meticulous about it,” Evangelous said. “We took our time, and it worked out well for everybody.”

McArthur is charged with armed robbery with more charges possibly to follow.


  • guesty says:

    If only we could really be tough on crime. That is the only thing I do admire about Muslims. They don’t tolerate a thief.

  • Guest461 says:

    Muslims don’t have “tolerance” for anything except suicide, murder, cowardice and virgins! Muslims don’t tolerate FREEDOM and they don’t tolerate AMERICA either! You have forgotten a tremendous amount of important history to have ANY such admiration!!!

  • GUEST 1853 says:

    Just curious!

  • Guest007 says:

    This should by over by now, after all they only “was” serving a warrant.

  • Guest1234 says:

    Umm, ok, he goes to give himself up and then decided to shoot the light?
    This must have been written really fast. It doesn’t make any sense. It made sense up until after the paragraph that said he decided to give himself up. After that, it goes down hill. Who shot out the light and why was the light shot out, was is done before he gave himself up or what? Not trying to be mean but this is exactly why WWAY gets a bad rap sometimes no proof reading was done or this would have been caught.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    The police have night vision devices, thermal imaging equipment, flash-bangs and Level IV body armor.

    Give these people fifteen minutes, then take them out. If the suspect owns the house, mouse-hole the wall, then take the head shot.

    Stop spending tens of thousands of dollars keeping scum alive. We can’t afford it. Now we have to feed this bum for how many years?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know…what happens when his NOK sues. Simple answer: The judge throws them down the courthouse steps and tells them to stop wasting his time.

    Time to re-claim your backbone, America, and stop coddling criminals.

  • Guest461 says:

    …your ideas preconceive that the local police have the proper covert-ops training to pull of such a feat. Just because they have the equipment, doesn’t mean thay can effectively use it. Most of them barely can qualify at the pistol range once a year…FACT!

  • Guest Robb Carter says:

    The guy never pointed his weapon at police when they came to his home. He just didn’t come out. He wasn’t an escaped convict and wasn’t an immediate threat to anyone’s life. The police can’t just execute people like that. I don’t call giving someone their day in court as coddling. Getting the police to shoot people to save some money is not the American way. As much as you like the Constitution, you sure don’t care about anyone’s rights but your own. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  • Guest3113 says:

    Exactly why did the police shoot out a light fixture? If I was in a standoff with police I would surely be less likely to come outside if it was dark and shots were being fired. I am very curious why they decided to shoot out this light. I am very glad this ended peacefully though.

  • Duh! says:

    sigh… so the idiot inside CAN NOT see the police or anyone outside!!

  • Wade griffis says:

    I apologize to Tom Hanks and all who were involved with that movie.

    So, here is our problem as American voters. We have a sitting president that almost nobody likes, including me.

    Then we have on the Republican side a bunch of certifiable lunatics.

    Ron Paul is smart but has no chance. Newt Gingrich is smart- with too much baggage.

    The rest of the lunatics are running for 2016.

    God help us all.

  • Wade Griffis says:

    I am sorry that I did not tie in my previous comment to where I planned to go with it.

    It is crazy to keep putting idiots in jail, to then be taken care of by the taxpayers.

    We have to quit doing that. I realize that we do not live in a Nazi world. But enough! Just shoot the stupid guy.

    Only an idiot expects to get more than a couple of hundred dollars by robbing a bank.

  • guesty says:

    That is why I said that is the only thing I admire about Muslims, they don’t tolerate a thief. I feel they are nuts on pretty much everything else.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    Thats what Guesty said…. basically they have no tolerance for anything, like this thief.

  • Guest461 says:

    …get some education in reading comprehension, then some history.
    He used the words “muslim” and “admire” in the same sentence, not “terrorists”. I do not admire muslims for ANYTHING and don’t know any true Americans that do. They hate us, they hate our freedom and they hate our country. Sorry, I have extremely vivid memories of the 9-11 massacre of 3000 civilian human beings, lost some relatives there and just can’t seem to muster up any love for them. Are you clear on that?

    Now, for the real purpose of this blog, I have great disdain for anyone that steals from anybody and easily support harsh treatment for conviction of such!

    Now, WHO is the ignorant fool?

  • Muffins says:

    Some muffins sound good right now…or doughnuts.

  • a person says:

    Listen up Guesty and Das, you sound like a bunch of kids
    arguing back and forth like that! Why don’t you both just shut the h311 up stop arguing you bunch of dumb@5535!! The cops caught this stupid fool and thats all that matters! So how about you both grow a pair(if you even have a pair that is) and stop sounding so immature!


  • Homer says:

    ….MMMmmmmm Doughnuts!

  • guesty says:

    You might want to call 911 and let them know you are off your meds and the effects are starting to show. So you feel it is immature to want a swift punishment for criminals? Do you work? Do you own any property or are you a sponge that only wants more? Don’t worry about my “pair” they suit just fine.

  • guesty says:

    The only thing I think Muslims have correct is their intolerance to a thief. Everything else is pretty loony.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Terrorists attacked the United States on 9-11 they just happened to be of the muslim faith. That doesn’t mean all muslims hate the United States. Timothy McVeigh, who happened to be a christain, detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City killing 168 people, does this also mean that all christians hate America?
    He said he admired the way muslims handle thieves, he didn’t say he agreed with them on everything. As far as the question of who the ignorant fool is….at this point you fit the profile perfectly. Are you clear on that? Perhaps you should take reading comprehension 101 and get back to us after you have read the facts of 9-11. I am currently serving my third year in Afghanistan and can assure you I am a “True American” Your entire post is ignorant. End of story.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    took out the Federal building in Oklahoma City in retaliation for the Feds slaughtering the people in Waco, Tx. Not to mention Ruby Ridge.

  • Guest26 says:

    Thank you, for your comment, and your service!

  • Guest461 says:

    To compare a lone incident like McVeigh to the multiple attacks the muslims have made on the American people is totally assinine! Don’t forget that 911 was the SECOND attack on the Twin Towers. Again, what about the USS Cole in Yemen, the attacks in the UK, Spain and attempted terrorism with aircraft here in the US? The muslims HATE the USA, it’s freedom and it’s people…including you. If you have one ounce of appreciation for that sort of warped disdain, you had best continue to keep your name in cloak as in this forum.

    You appear to be NOTHING more than a disgraced rent-a-cop walking around all pissed off, with a hot-head and a trigger finger calling people names because you are illiterate and uneducated. I don’t buy your story of being an American soldier and believing in the “real facts 0f 9-11″ as you put it. You have NO basis or credentials to be calling anyone moron, stupid, fool or anything else. I wouldn’t have YOU on my point, on my flank and definitely not at my back on ANY operation!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Listen cowgirl not all muslims are terrorist, and for every single attack you named I can name one where a christian was involved. How many times have you seen a fringe group of christians committ a terrorist attack? Do you really need it spelled out for you? Do you not read the news? How about the recent events in Norway? Skip over that article did ya? I can assure you not all muslims hate all americans. Maybe you should travel outside of NC just once and see what the rest of the world looks like. Start small, try Myrtle Beach out, that way you can say you visited another state. Meet some people of different orgins. You might be suprised at how they feel about America. You don’t want me on your point or you flank? Is the Huddle House all that rough these days?

  • Guest461 says:

    Quit commenting no one will listen to you anymore, you can’t do math!!!!!

  • Guest26 says:

    I think you are getting Muslims and Terrorist confused. Do some research you ignorant fool. Clearly we have violence just as any other country, we are different because we don’t let them run around without punishment. Look at our southern neighbors in Mexico. Know what you are saying before you post.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You seem to be listening.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Not sure of your point. Innocent people were killed in that attack as well. I assume McVeigh is your hero?

    Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks on 9-11. So because they have what they consider to be a good reason does that some how make it okay?

    McVeigh was still a christian, so does that mean all christians hate America? So you back the idiot that thinks all muslims are terrorist and hate America? Are you that ignorant as well?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    If needed, however, I will take time out from my busy schedule and provide training on urban combat and assaulting a fortified position. They would likely do better with a more recent veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan however, as my notes still include “Avoiding burning oil and large rocks being thrown down by defenders” and “Constructing a ten-man battering ram from a nearby tree.”

    I cannot take issue with your statement regarding the marksmanship skills of the average patrol officer – I never try to refute the truth! And since I’m a nice guy and don’t want to embarrass anyone, I won’t mention the municipal agency that invited several of the MPs to take part in their annual handgun competition…..only once!

    Just think – if we eliminated overtime on barricaded suspects, we could use that extra money to establish quarterly requals…

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    I have been an officer for over twenty years, during that time I have been to the range more times than I can count. Usually at best one or two in a group of fifteen to twenty struggle to qualify. So do tell where do you get your stats? How is this a FACT????? Most officers have no issues qualifying. That buttercup is a real FACT.

  • She she says:

    They can’t shoot like that I know FACT!!!! I work at the range and over half struggle!!!!!FACT

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …you had been at the range with me a few months ago. There was a young lady from a local department two lanes to my left. Now, she might be the finest officer in the state, but whoever issued her a firearm should have their picture posted in the dictionary next to “insane” or “reckless.”

    Here’s my observations and opinion….

    The ERT/SRT/HRT/whatever-T officers are exceptionally well trained and deadly behind their weapons. Why? They shoot a lot.

    Line patrol officers generally possess minimal marksmanship skills because of inadequate training and range time. When you consider the average engagement distance, there are far too many knee shots, thigh shots, shoulder shots and misses.

    Detectives and most non-uniformed federal officers should generally be required to carry shotguns. ;)

    Now we all know exceptions, and I’m aware of the realities surrounding budgets, court dates, and work schedules, but the simple fact is that no one is getting enough range time.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Huh? You are talking about my abilty to read and you can’t even proof read? “You can read or comprehend either!!” are you trying to say YOU CAN’T hahaha. Or how about “It say” Don’t you mean it says? Now I know why you are working the late shift at the huddle house hahahaha. Try again buttercup. Fail!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Listen up genius, they use the county firing range, no one works there. Not you, not your family, not your friends, that is a FACT. In all my years in law enforcment I have NEVER seen more than two or three struggle, muchless HALF. You can make all the ignorant claims you want, in the end you are just a liar. Now you may mow the grass at the range, but you damn sure don’t work at it.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Of course they don’t get enough range time, they never do. I am not claiming they are all snipers. I am saying that the idiot that posted that it is a FACT that MOST of them can’t qualify is a moron. I’ve been doing this for twenty years, that stat is not even close to be correct much less a fact.

  • Guest111 says:

    You have issues!! You are just like all the other police and the reason police get such a bad name!! You are a hot head insecure idiot!! You got picked on your whole life and became a police so you could get a little bit of authority!! Now go get you gun, doughnut, with you stupid hair cut and watch another episode if Chips!!

  • Guest461 says:

    …to ponder, Mr. 20 yr p’leece occifer. Then you can continue to call me as many names in one sentence as there are words in it.

    Now, lets’s take a look at these facts:

    Known average distance an officer engages in weapon firing: 3 feet
    Known average hit ratio: 18%

    18% hit ratio @ 3 feet. An excellent reason to carry a shotgun!

    Now, this data (we won’t say the word “fact” to keep you from having a hissy fit) is in ADDITION to that information which Common accurately provided to you earlier. I have close relationships with those that provide training simply to get officers “through” their annual qualification and see the intense struggle, mistakes, unfamiliarity with their weapon and lack of following safety protocal.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    The most serious lack of training is in the area of immediate action drills to clear malfunctions.

    Twenty years ago every department went absolutely nuts dumping revolvers for wonder-nines, then .40 S&W (short & weak), but I’m not sure we thought everything through clearly. Look at the average number of shots fired when police carried revolvers and compare it to the nearly quadrupled number of shots fired since automatics came in. When you’ve got thirty-six or forty-five rounds with you, “pray-n-spray” comes easy. When you had eighteen rounds in the revolver and two speedloaders, accuracy seemed to count more. Plus you had a better assortment of calibers to choose from. To this day, nothing beats the .357 Magnum 125 gr JHP for stopping a fire-fight on the first score.

    I’m not anti-auto, per se. I carry an automatic myself, but it’s been worked over and tuned up to the point that I KNOW it’s going to chamber and fire that second round. I also have the training and experience to clear a malfunction immediately.

    However, our officers aren’t being issued $3500 weapons and they don’t get nearly enough time working immediate action drills, so I’m waiting for one big department, somewhere, to say, “We’re going back to wheelguns” after they find a dead officer with a stovepipe or a magazine that’s not fully seated….and it has happened.

    I’m a big fan of every LEO spending every spare minute he can increasing his weapons proficiency and physical conditioning.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    I am at times hot headed just like EVERYONE, not just the police. You see moron police are people also, shocked??? I am not in the least bit insecure nor do I have issues with being picked on. As far as having issues, I think we all have some of those. Listening to the local Huddle House employees rant and rave about the police all the time gets old. Now go flip that hash before it burns boy.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    So in other words it is NOT a FACT that MOST officers have trouble qualifying? Is this correct buttercup? I mean I just want to be straight on all these facts you happen to be aware of. If twenty officers line up to qualify and two struggle with it, I would not say the majority have an issue with it and further state it as a fact.

  • Guest111 says:

    I bet the kid at the Huddle House can do simple addition!!!!! 2 out of 10 is not that good idiot!!! You need to read a book and quit watching chips!!! Better yet count all of them doughnuts you can eat, this will help!! 1+1=2 tomorrow we will work on something else!!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Never heard the doughnut thing before, how very original. Here’s a news flash for you cupcake, he stated the majority of officers struggle to qualify. Two out of ten is not a majority. Need help with your math now? I can give ya a hand, we can count doughnuts together sweet pea.

  • Guest111 says:

    You can read or comprehend either!! It say 18% hit that would be 1.8 out I’d 10 pass leaving 8.2 out of 10 struggling!! Now I know why you are a police, because you couldn’t do anything else!! This is your assignment for the day!!!! Read reread and just keep trying!!!

  • She she says:

    Yea he was reping sea gate!!!! Yes sir !!!!!!!!

  • Travon says:

    Seagate!!!!!!!!!!! You know how we do!!!

  • Guest Coddler? says:

    Doesn’t matter if he was wanted for writing bad checks or murder, if he isn’t threatening anyone at that moment, the police shouldn’t just execute him. That’s the law of the land since the founding of our country.

    I am 100% in support in going in to get him, and if he makes any threatening moves with a weapon, open fire boys! I’m sure the police had snipers around, and he he pointed his gun out the window, they would have taken him out if necessary.

    I simply don’t think we should just shoot someone and go home, just to save some overtime pay to the police. I’m sure the investigation into such a shooting would cost way more than the overtime would have cost anyway.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    He was wanted in connection with a felony. The minute he armed himself and refused to comply with police orders, he posed a threat and began a whole new chapter of charges.

    But I understand your concern, so I’ll modify my position. Give him fifteen minutes and then GO IN AND GET HIM.

    Is that more palatable……Mister Coddler?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Look, once we end this criminal coddling, life will be a lot simpler. You hold up a picture from the bank security camera next to the corpse.

    “Yep! That’s him!”

    Investigation closed.

    Don’t dawdle with definite dirtbags.

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