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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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EXCUSE ME!!!

DON'T BE SAYING THEY, MY SON WAS NOT GOING TO JUMP, AND FORTHE MORE MY SON WAS NOT WITH THE BOY!!! I WISH THE NEWS PEOPLE WOULD PLEASE, PLEASE, GET THE STORYS RIGHT BEFORE PUTTING THEM OUT... MY JUSTIN IS THE ONE BEING HOLD WITHOUT BOND... HE'S IN ON SOMETHING ELSE.... AGAIN MY WAS NOT, NOT, WITH THE YOUNG MAN THAT WAS GOING TO JUMP!!!

Two smiling faces

making their families proud.

Meanwhile, they'll do some time once convicted, no doubt after a lengthy stay in jail on the taxpayers' dime.

During the time served, 3 squares a day, free housing and cable, probably free internet; and if they have any brain between them, they'll come out with free education.

But, how will they use it?

A lengthy stay? Highly doubtful!

The clowns will be right back out on the street in less than six months at best. No time for an education they couldn't use anyway. Go spend a day as an observer in superior court. Lengthy jail terms just don't happen anymore.

They're likely already getting 3 free squares, free housing and cable, internet and cell phones! Did you happen to mistake these thuggie boys as "contributing" members of our society, meaning they actually WORK to earn something?

I make a fair number of

tongue in cheek, sarcastic posts.

The younger with prior convictions may serve some time.

The post really did not address the record of the other.

But I am confident they are both giving their families new feelings of pride.

If they are on public entitlement programs, it's unfortunate they are not automatically terminated for life on a conviction.

Too bad

If only he had been in the Olympic spirit and tried to swim over to HWY421. All of his (and our) problems would be solved.