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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Law enforcement has ended their search near Mayfaire for a suspect who ran while they were trying to serve warrants.

Bob Becker, Resident Agent in Charge with the US Department of Homeland Security says the warrants are part of a Immigrations and Custom Enforcement case.

Investigators say they were trying to serve warrants on two men who are known members of the MS13 gang. Becker says they took one of the men into custody, but another took off. He says the man they are looking for is Hispanic and has been deported a number of times.

Becker says the suspect is not believed to be armed. The search is now focused on woods behind Regal Mayfaire Cinemas.

Around 2:30 p.m., officers released a perimeter set up in a neighborhood behind the Harris Teeter in Mayfaire. Lockdowns at nearby schools were also ended.

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  • Maureen A. Wilson

    A couple of points:`
    Portions of the U.S.- Mexico border fence is less secure than the Landfall wall. You can step right over it. The Washington gridlock on border security leaves U.S. towns vulnerable to criminal illegal aliens.
    Raleigh – NC Republicans overwhelmingly passed H786 despite the Governor’s veto. 4 points:
    1. ALL federal immigration background checks have been bypassed by allowing illegal foreign labor in the state.
    2. The definition of “seasonal labor” was extended from 3 mos to 9 mos. This includes ALL non-AG jobs. Ie landscapers, roofers, etc.
    3. Employers of seasonal labor are essentially E-Verify exempt. See HB36.
    4. Either 1099s are issued or fake docs are used for the I-9. A black market ‘underground’ workforce.
    5. H786 LOOPHOLE for ILLEGAL LABOR needs to be closed ASAP.

  • litlmsrocker

    A good chance he is working in Landfall. Give Security a photo to post at all gates. BOLO

  • Guest3369

    This is a disgrace…all of the law enforcement that was at Mayfair yesterday; dogs, helicopters and they could not find this guy? The search started shortly after noon and I was listening to the scanner the entire time. Multiple times there were “we’ve got him”, “I see movement”, “he’s running”, “we have him locked in a perimeter”…so I have one question…WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? What if this guy was a serious criminal? With families and children in the area…houses and businesses. I watched as the “perimeter” was breached time and time again. Why didn’t law enforcement locked down the entire area? traffic driving through non stop…how do you not know that he didn’t hop in a car or one of his “buddies” stop by and pick him up…I’m sure he had a cell phone on him…did you bother checking that? No…you continued to allow pedestrians and traffic to congest the area. We all should be embarrassed and fearful that the law enforcement that is supposed to be protecting us…..FAILED. And failed miserably.

  • OtherGuest

    Maybe an interesting aspect of this story would be to report what the “MS13” gang is.

  • YIFF

    Can the Feds/Police release a photo of the MS-13 Gang Banger so the public can be aware since he was not caught and could still be in the area.

    If I was a wanted criminal and a member of a notorious violent Gang like MS13 it would make since that I would have some connections to get a hold of some fire power.

    Remember stories in the pass mentioning Cape Fear and surrounding counties being a corridor for the Mexican Drug Cartels.

    The Cartels have used the assistance of Gangs like MS-13 (originating in El Salvador) in the past and present.


  • beach guy

    The most disturbing part of the story is they are looking for a person that has been “deported several times” I hope they aren’t racially profiling this guy that would be just awful.

    Again what part of illegal alien is not clear if people from other countries want to live and work here they need to get in line and do it in the legal manner lets start by rounding up the 12 million or so we have now and deporting them. I know this sounds inhumane but what will we do when one of these people bring in a dirty bomb or a biological agent into the country? These things have to be smaller than the bale of pot they are toting in here now.

    From my understanding the “mules” that the cartels use do not even open the packages they are carting for fear of reprisal from the gangs.

    I am not saying these are all bad people sneaking in and I understand that they just want a better life for themselves and their families
    but please think about the rest of us. And the peril and bloodshed it brings to our streets.

  • Guest 1355

    Both are known gang members and have been deported before yet are back an working in landfall.Our immigration policy is really working. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest3369

    I agree with you, but since they have not there is something that they are not telling us. Why haven’t we heard a thing from law enforcement, some kind of statement? Why did the news give it 30 seconds? Something is fishy with all of this. 6+ hours of searching and nothing? BULL! My dog, my .40 caliber Glock and I would have found him inside of an hour. Homeland Security my ***. We need answers.

  • Rayne Cullen

    I work in Mayfaire and have seen several federal SUV’s, choppers, etc. Should I be worried?

  • Morty Sussman

    Crime is dropping, thats the offical word from the cops who are scrambling right now to catch the latest Trayvon wannabe.

  • Guest6969696969

    Only, If you have a SSN/BC/Debit cards/Credits cards willing to give up, OH! and your car keys…
    Otherwise feel SAFE, unless your a Woman,, then just *vomit* *pee* or NOT enjoy it and give up w/out a fight…
    ME–> put a few holes in’em…One less thug/gangster to worry about..
    While saving the Taxpayers $$$ & court Trial/Jail/Deportation AGAIN..

  • Guest757

    Is it really a smart thing to do by ending the lock down. At least the USP school on MIlitary Cut-Off should still be in lock-down. Then you have St. Marks not too far from that area too.

  • Guest757

    MS13 not to be armed ???? They are one of the worst gangs in our country.

  • Guest910

    It’s hard to believe but these two guys are some of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.

  • Guest910

    He’s not armed he was working…and to be honest they were two of the nicest guys I’ve ever met

  • Guest111

    I love going to Mayfaire. I love the shops, the atmosphere and the cleanliness of the area. I hope thugs aren’t going to take it over like they have downtown.

  • Marcia Solomon

    The law enforcement agencies are looking for a dangerous gang member on the run–not an unarmed, non-gang affiliated, African American teenager walking home from the store. Your comment is appalling and shows that our society needs to continue working towards erasing stereotypes. I hope that you are soon blessed with the wisdom you deserve and cured of the plague of ignorance from which you are obviously suffering.

  • Deb

    So he wants to be a black, unarmed teenager?

  • FleetGhost

    I can’t believe the flippant remarks justifying the crucifixion of an young unarmed man walking in a neighborhood he had every right to be in. What on earth would you do if a weird white man (to Martin) pulled up in a pickup truck on a dark street, got out and started mumbling sweet nothings to you? The man was told not to pursue the boy, but he just couldn’t help himself. Had Martin wrestled the gun away from him and Zimmerman had been shot dead, he would have gone to the gas chamber, you better believe it.

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  • beach guy

    This has nothing to do with a guy that was defending himself from an attack this is about a known gang member in this country illegally after being deported several times can you not read through the text of the story and grasp any part of it.( Try phonics)As far as your tirade about Zimmerman a (white hispanic) he was found innocent by a jury of his peers get over it. that is the way the legal system works. I am sure you would have taken a bullet for Trayvon Yeah right whatever.
    As far as a gas chamber is concerned they do not gas anyone any more. Lethal injection is the accepted method. I have heard that it smells like pine oil(thanks Denzel)
    And my reaction to a weird guy of any color mumbling at me would to try and reason with the person until I could logically assess the situation and then act accordingly.
    Not to break the guys nose and jump on top of him for a ground and pound session and then bounce the back of his head on a concrete sidewalk. If this young man would have made any decision other than the one he made he would be alive today. He had a cell phone why did he not call the police and ask them for assistance. By all accounts Zimmerman was not holding him hostage and he obviously had free use of his hands he just thought he could whip this “weird ass cracker”s and started something he could not finish end of story. Unlike the poor student from Australia that was shot in the back from a moving car for being white because the one kid hated “nasty white people” where is your outrage about that OH enlightened one??? I guess it is because if Obama had a son he would not have looked Australian

    And the only reason it was a big deal is because of the color of his skin and the race baiting media and the fools that believe them if Zimmerman were black and Trayvon were white we would have never heard of trayvon or Zimmerman

  • Grand Ole Party

    We too tire of hearing about poor little ole Trayvon. He was a little punk that played with the wrong guy on the wrong night. He is DEAD and a jury decided that it was justifiable. Deal with it.

  • first person

    homeland security ….. lol

  • Guestomfg

    OMG I bet now that the “rich” people have these bangers in their neighborhoods Wilm PoPo will actually do something about it. lol There goes the neighborhood.

  • Guest2020

    And here I thought that all of the riffraff shopped at Walmart.


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