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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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  • Lil Brother

    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!

  • T

    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!!!

  • Guest2020

    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.

  • 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…..

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