ONLY ON 3: Woman chases off suspected robbers with Louisville Slugger

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Submitted: Sat, 06/23/2012 - 3:50am
Updated: Mon, 06/25/2012 - 4:48pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman chases down suspected thieves with a bat after they tried to break into her house.

With her help, police arrested Sean Ray McMahan, 17, and Markyes Deshaun Jones, 18, who are now in jail after admitting to mugging a woman downtown Thursday night around 10 p.m.

The Wilmington Police Department says officers and New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies, part of the Downtown Taskforce, responded to a robbery report at S. 3rd Street and Orange Street.

The victim had beaten and her purse was stolen by two young men, who ran away toward South 2nd Street down Orange Street.

The Downtown Taskforce and Wilmington Police set up a perimeter and called in K9 for a track.

After McMahan and Jones admittedly stole a woman’s purse and ran off, that’s when Taylor Alexander says they tried to break into her house on Ann St. through the back gate.

“I grabbed my bat, went up stairs and in a bad sense started screaming curse words, swatting and just went at it,” she says.

Alexander’s grandma, LaNelle Clontz, walked outside when she heard the police sirens.

“The cops are coming up to me and saying ‘your granddaughter is fearless. She chased them with a baseball bat and she delayed them from running away,” Clontz says.

Alexander says she wasn’t always that fearless. Six months ago, she was held up at gunpoint and froze. From that point on, she vowed to protect herself.

“I felt like an absolute wimp and I promised myself that if anything should happen again where it involves my life or somebody else’s I’m going to do everything I can to stop it,” Alexander says.

She admits the situation could have turned out much worse, but says her mind went blank.

“I’m crazy I guess. You know, it was my first initial reaction. I wasn’t thinking, ‘oh I’m gong to go get these guys,” she says.

“That took great courage in my opinion,” Clontz says. “I mean I am so proud of her, it’s just not believable.”
Two teenagers are in jail after admitting they mugged a woman and stole her purse last night.

McMahan and Jones were charged with common law robbery, attempted common law robbery, and hinder/delay/obstruct a law enforcement officer. They are each in jail under $100,000 bond.

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2015 years 8 months ago

I just happened to be walking downtown that night and I saw Ms. Alexander in action. Let me tell you, that girl can run too! It is funny to read this story ’cause I had been telling people the next day about the pretty young girl with the baseball bat & barefeet (I think)chasing down thugs and flagging down a police car. The canines were cool too.

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2015 years 8 months ago

This is just another example of the white cops going after repressed black mens trying to get things we can never get! They just arrested like 6 other black mens for what they white cops says was murder of that chinese food guy. I’m sure the real story is how they framed them boys. You never heared who kept the money! I know those crooked white cops keep framed drug dealers money all the time. And why ain’t they charging the white woman for assault with a weapon for hitting the black boys with a bat?! Cause she’s white….dats why! Noticed every day the news reports more black people getting arrested. When will the white cops get enough? Where is integrity?

2015 years 8 months ago

Otay, so first off, I’d like to say to Sean’s grandparetns, please don’t even bother with these other comments. You know your grandson better than any of them. As do I. He was my bestfriend. I’ve known him since he was 13. Believe it or not, he used to be a christian. He was a strong follower. Yes, it’s very wrong for what him and the other boy did. They deserve to be in jail. But beaten worse than already? I do not agree.Yes, that girl was so great to run them off. But you guys cannot talk like this about these boys. They made a mistake. You haven’t? “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a sin at her.”

2015 years 8 months ago

sean ray macmahan is my best friend,and when i heard what happened my heart dropped,he shouldnt have done that hes a good kid that is very impressional by sorry to the people that they hurt and i already know sean is i dont know much about the other guy,but you have to beleive sean is a good kid.if only someone will tell his grandparents,who he stays with due to his parents not much in his life. we all care about sean at new hanover high school and around other high schools,and we all know he did not mean to do any of this.recently i have seen a change in him,he has become sad the last couple weeks and expected something to go bad he was saying to all of his friends and i never knew it would be bcus of this kid in the picture next to him…

2015 years 8 months ago