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Bank robbery suspect arrested after nearly 5-hour standoff

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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.

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I believe it was the HOOD!

Seagate Homies!

Thanks for the shout out!!!!

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

What an idiototic thing to say!

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!!!

Ignorant

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.

Before you start slinging names...STOP your "thinking"...

...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?

Are you clear on this?

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.

I'm clear, you're simply mis-aligned..

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!

Amazing...

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?

Quit

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

And yet..

You seem to be listening.

Thankyou...

Thank you, for your comment, and your service!

McVeigh

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

Motives

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?

That is wht I said

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

re read

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

read it again

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.

Listen Up Guesty & Das

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!

Thanks!!!!

Please check in

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.

Some muffins sound good

Some muffins sound good right now...or doughnuts.

....MMMmmmmm Doughnuts!

....MMMmmmmm Doughnuts!