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Police identify suspect who threatened to jump in river

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police have released the name of a man they say threatened to jump into the Cape Fear River yesterday after a chase.

Jaqun Orlando Copeland, 20, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and three felony counts of probation violations.

Officers say he was one of two men they stopped at about 11:53 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of Swann Street. The men were driving a Ford Focus that was reported stolen a few days ago, according to investigators. Police say Copeland ran from officers toward the Cape Fear River. Officers and a K-9 cornered him behind PPD at a construction pier. That's when they say Copeland threatened to jump into the river, so police set up a close-in perimeter and got help from the Wilmington Fire Department's Fire Boat and WPD officers on a Wilmington River Taxi boat.

After talking to WPD detectives for about 20 minutes at the edge of the pier, Copeland surrendered. He is in jail under $61,000 bond.

According to the NC Department of Corrections website, Copeland has been convicted and served time or is on probation for crimes including robbery, receiving stolen property, drug possession and resisting an officer. Records show Copeland has pending court dates for trespassing, injury to personal property, cocaine possession and chop shop activity among other charges.

Police say the other man in the stolen car was Justin Marcel Covington, 23. Officers arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on felony charges. He is in jail without bond.

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You have a couple of fellas

You have a couple of fellas with a criminal past who obviously didn't learn their lessons the first time around. They did wrong and they should be held accountable.
These boys have a family, and there are people who grow up in the best of families who have gone astray. There comes a time in everyone's life where they need to stand up and take accountability for their own actions. Regardless of their upbringing, these two are at an age where they know right from wrong.

To the mom, there are a lot of people who grew up in similar situations as your son that aren't out there breaking the law. As for the mean things that people are saying, they do have a right to say them. If they hurt you then I encourage you just not to read them.

I don't know your son's situation or his history. If drug addiction is a part of his problem then there is help out there. Regardless, it is like you said, it's not too late for him to turn his life around, but he has to want to.

Stfu GUEST2020 u didnt have

Stfu GUEST2020 u didnt have to say any of the things that u said because honestly it has nothing to do with you so with that being said mind your business!

I KNOW....

I LOVE MY SON, AND I KNOW HE HAS MADE MISTAKE, BUT HE WAS CHARGE WITH AUTOTHEFT, AND HE WAS NOT WITH THE YOUNG MAN THAT THEY GOT, THAT WAS GONNA TO JUMP IN THE RIVER, HE WAS NOT EVEN WITH HIM... THATS WHY ITS GETTING TO ME! THE NEWS PEOPLE, I DONT KNOW WHERE THEY GOT THEIR STORY FROM OR WHY THE POLICE SAID THAT THEY WERE TOGETHER. WHEN THEY GOT MY SON FROM STANDING OUTSIDE HIS GIRLFRIEND DOOR ON THE SIDEWALK, AND THE OTHER YOUNG MAN, THEY GOT HIM SOMEWAY WHERE ELSE OR WHERE EVER HE WAS RUNNING FROM, I DO KNOW THAT HE WAS NOT WITH MY SON, THEY MY HAD BEEN CLOSE TO THE SAME PLACE, BUT NOT TOGETHER!! BUT ANYWAY, I JUST GOING TO KEEP PRAYING FOR MY SON AND A CHANGE IN HIS LIFE!! I WILL KEEP PRAYING AND PUSHING!... P-PRAY
U-UNTIL
S-SOMETHING
H-HAPPEN, IN JESUS NAME, I WILL SAY AMEN!!!

I'M NOT RACES ARE ANYTHING...

BUT I WANTS TO KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU THAT ARE ON HERE MAKING MEAN COMMENTS ARE BLACK? CAUSE THEN THAT WOULD EXPLAIN ALOT OF THE MEAN COMMENT!! AND BEING HEARTLESS.....

I LOVE MINES

YES I DO LOVE MY SON JUSTIN TO THE FULLEST, HE'S THE ONE WITH THE REAL LOW HAIR CUT THATS MINE, AND NO I NOT PROUD OF WHAT HE HAS DONE WITH HIS LIFE, BUT I KNOW OUR GOD WILL SHOW HIM THE WAY, LIKE HE HAS DONE IN SO MANY OTHER PEOPLES IN THEIR LIVES TODAY. NO ONE IS PERFECT NOT EVEN YOU!! SO EVERYONE THATS OUT THERE DOING NAME CALLING AND SO ON, AND HAVE MEAN COMMENTS TO MAKE, KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF. YOUR NOT THE ONE TO SLUNG MUD, CAUSE NO AND I MEAN NO ONE HAS A PERFECT FAMILY! AND TO THE ONES THATS PUTTING THE FAMILY IN IT, TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOURSELF, AND ASK I'M I PERFECT TO BE TALKING ABOUT ANYONE, NO YOU'RE NOT!! IS MY FAMILY PREFECT? NO ITS NOT!!! IF PEOPLE WOULD AND LOOK AT WHAT IS BEING OFFERED TO THESE YOUNG PEOPLE OF TODAY. THINGS THAT CAN KEEP THEM OUT OF TROUBLE, THINGS TO DONE TO HELP THESE PEOPLE OF TODAY, GIVE SOMETHING OUT FOR THEM TO DO, THEN IT WOULDN'T BE SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SYSTEM TODAY. THERE IS NO JOBS FOR THEM. AND IF THEY HAVE A RECORD OF ANYKIND THEY'RE DONE ANYWAY. SO WHAT THAT DOES THAT SAYS ABOUT OUR SYSTEM!!... FROM A MOTHER WHO TRUTLY LOVES HER KIDS, NO MATTER WHAT!!! HAVE A BLESS DAY!!!

Well here's the thing..

Nobody is really excited about hiring someone with a criminal history. I know the reasons why will elude you, but try to think about it some and see if an answer comes to you. It's not up to the system to give YOUR CHILDREN something to do or to keep them out of trouble, that IS YOUR JOB. One you failed to do correctly and now it is the systems fault? Please!!!

HOW CAN YOU JUDGE....

HOW CAN YOU JUDGE SOMEONE THAT YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW? I'VE DONE MY BEST AS A SINGLE PARENT WITH FOUR KIDS. MY CHILDREN, I HAVE ONE THATS BEEN IN COLLAGE, A DAUGHTER THAT IS A MANAGER, AND A SON THATS A MANAGER, AND ANOTHER THAT WORK VERY VERY HARD FOR WHAT HE HAS, SO YES I DO HAVE ONE IS THAT MAY LOOK LIKE THUG, OR MAY ACT LIKE ONE AT TIMES... AND I'M JUST PRAYING THAT THIS WILL CHANGE HIM!!!! THAT GOD WILL HELP HIM CHANGE... I DON'T YOU OR NO ONE ELSE JUDGING ME ABOUT MY KIDS!!!! OR SAYING THAT I FAUIL THEM NO I DID NOT!!!!

LOVE, LOVING MOTHER

Response

We are just glad that the car is basically in one piece, no one was killed and the car was returned to us. The law will decide everything else. We are also glad that they were caught and off the streets.

To avoid future theft of your auto....

...put a motion activated camera and alarm aimed at your driveway. These guys will be back for more in short order. They know you are an easy mark.

No Driveway...

Sadly we have street parking, so no driveway to make even safer - however, we are going to look into way to secure our vehicle more so that we don't run the risk of it being stolen again...

I swear though - a 12 yr old Ford Focus with 120,000 miles and (2) Carseats...I mean SERIOUSLY?!?!?!

I LOVE MINES

YOU ALL NEED TO NOT MAKE COMMENT, IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE WHOLE STORY...
AND FOR THE NEWS REPORTERS YOU GUYS NEEDS TO GET THE INFO RIGHT BEFORE MAKING A STORY, SOME OF THE THINGS IN THE STORY IS NOT TRUE!!
AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE CALLING THEM NAME LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR, YOUR NOT PERFECT!!!
I LOVE MY SON TO THE FULLEST, AND I KNOW HE HAS MADE MISTAKES, BUT I'M PRAYING FOR MINES, JUSTIN MY SON KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT YOU WILL GET IT RIGHT IN LIFE I HAVE FAITH IN YOU AND THE LORD WILL HELP YOU CHARGE!!
NO ONES PERFECT!!!!!

"...praying for mines..."? If I didn't know better...

...your post sounds like you're praying TO HIM, not for him! Uh ya...HELLLLOOOOO. That's the wrong guy to be praying to! That just may be a significant part of your problem!

I don't see how you get that

I don't see how you get that she is praying to her son rather than for her son.

YOU DON'T KNOW ME...

I KNOW WHO PRAYING TOO, AND ITS NOT TO MY SON, ITS TO GOD FOR MY SON... THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Jumpin in the river.

Why were these two "dirt balls" not in jail to begin with?

GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY

IF YOU DON'T NOTHING NICE TO SAY, SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!!

If God didn't like UGLY....

...he wouldn't have allowed these two criminals mug-faces to appear on the front page of a news website!

PS- I'm sure God has given you ample "opportunites" to warn you this was going to happen. Maybe next time, you'll listen and be better prepared!

Sugar is sugar and spice is spice...

...40 years in the slammer for these dumba$$ punks would surely be nice!
That's pretty nice!!! Dontcha thank?

Here's another: In the days of old, when the thugs were bold and the car owners weren't particular. These punks stole one, drove it to the river, abandoned it, then dove in perpendicular!

And even Better!: In the days of old, when the thieves were bold and the tazers weren't yet invented, we put 'em on the ground, while they cried and frowned and that's how the crimes were prevented!

Perhaps you should take your own advice ...

... 'cause you didn't nothing nice to say yourself !!!

heartless

You people that have nothing better to do than act like heartless jerks need to get a life!!! Yes these two broke the law and it was wrong. But their families shouldn't have to read your stupid ignorant comments. What if your son or brother broke the law? Would you want to be reading comments about how they should have drowned in the river? You people need to get a life and start tring to help troubled teens get back on the right track. If you put half the energy into helping people that you put into bad mouthing people the world would be a better place in more ways than one. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Oh wait that's right. All of you who bash people are perfect and can look down your noses at other people. NOT!!!!!

Back on the Right Track??

You suggest that we need to help troubled teens get back on the right track?? You can't help anyone who does not want the help. I may be wrong but I am guessing that the owner of the stollen car kept the car doors locked in an attempt to help this "teen" not steal his car. And I really doubt that the "Troubled Teen" stole the car so that he could get to one of these self help sessions" or to see his probation officer (who is there to help troubled "teens" get back on the right track). Ralph Evangelous (Chief - Wilmington Police Department) has put in place several programs to help troubled "teens" and, again, Im just guessing this troubled "teen" had not bothered to walk through the doors of the police department, without handcuffs. No, I don't wish this ADULT any harm by him jumping into our river but, I don't wish the community any more harm by him walking our streets.

Wilmington Observer

And if

the parents and families of these two put half the effort, into guiding them and correcting them when they erred, tht you put into this post, who knows that might have made a difference.

BELIEVE ME I HAVE!!

AND I'M STILL NOT GIVING UP ON MINES! NOT EVER!! I DON'T CARE HOW OLD HE GET, I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON HIM TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY! GOD HASN'T GIVING UP ON US!! SO I WILL GIVE UP ON HIM! I BELIEVE IN PRAYERS!! AND PRAYERS CHANGES THINGS THAT WE CAN'T CHANGE!!! BE BLESS

I WILL NOT EVER GIVE UP ON MINES!!

I'M JUST MAKING A (TYPO)TO SAY THAT WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON MY SON!! GOD DID NOT GIVE UP ON US!!! AND I WILL NOT GIVE UP ON YOU JUSTIN COVINGTON, AND THAT IS THE ONE WITH THE LOW HAIR CUT... HE DID NOT STOLE THE CAR, DID NOT KNOW THE CAR WAS STOLEN... AND HE WAS NOT IN THE CAR WHEN THEY GOT HIM, AND HE IS NOT CHARGE AUTO THEFT... YES HE HAS FAULTS, BUT STALING IS NOT IT!! I PRAY THAT THIS THING RIGHT HERE, THATS DONE HAPPEN WILL STRAIGHTEN MY SON OUT!! A MOTHER NEVER GIVE UP ON HER CHILD OR CHILDREN!!! LORD JUST HELP ME THROUGH THIS!!!! PEOPLE JUST COMMENTS ON THINGS AND DON'T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY!!

I NEEDEED TO HEAR THAT

THOSE PEOPLE HERE DON'T CARE ABOUT NOTHING, ALL THEY DO IS COMMENT ON STUFF THAT THEY DON'T KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT. MY SON WAS THE ONE WITHOUT BOND. AND THE NEWS PEOPLE NEEDS TO DO THEY THEIR JOBS BETTER THAN WHAT THEY DO... YOU CAN'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ, AND SOME NEEDS TO KEEP THEIR COMMENTS TO THEIRSELVES, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A UPLEFTING COMMENT TO MAKE, THEN JUST DON'T SAY ANYTHING... NONE OF US CAN JUDGE ANYONE, AND FOR THE PERSON WHO SAID THAT "IF THEY HAD ANY BRAIN BETWEEN THEM, THEY'LL COME OUT WITH AN EDUCATION", WELL MY SON HAS A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA!! AND YES HE HAS MADE MISTAKES BUT THAT MY SON AND I LOVE HIM TO THE FULLEST. HE WILL LEARN HOW LIVE IN THIS PLACE WE CALL OUR WORLD, AND I'M A TAXPAYER TOO... HOW MANY OF YOU ALL FAMILY MEMBERS DONE BEEN IN TROUBLE.. SSHHHHH DON'T TELL NO ONE... YEAH I KNOW, JUST LIKE THAT!! SO FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING COMMENT ABOUT THESE YOUNG MEN AND THE FAMILY REMEMBER YOUR FAMILY IS NOT PERFECT... NOW HAVE A BLESS DAY! AND TO THE PERSON THAT MADE THAT NICE COMMENT THANK YOU!!!

Oh please!

If their families gave a rat's hiney about them, the family would not have tolerated their criminal activity for years.

Should..

They should have let his a$$ jump.

agree 100%,somewhere along

agree 100%,somewhere along the line law enforcement is failing us, everytime they have a chance to protect us they fail miserably, encourage the bums to jump and save everyone time and money and heartache!

It's not the law enforcement

It's not the law enforcement officers that are failing. It is the "justice" system.

I think...

I think the police want to do their jobs, but the crooks have been given more ways out than ever before. They have more rights than anyone, and slick lawyers blame everyone else for these scum bags crimes, and judges buy their crap and turn them loose. We need to tell our law makers to get tough on real crime, and quit locking up people for BS stuff like having a joint or petty nonviolent crap like this. Same the prison space for people who realy need it so they can serve their full sentence instead of getting time off for not killing a guard, or other things like that. I would have given them a perfect 10 for the belly flop they would have made when they hit that cold water.