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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man already facing felony charges is now charged with assault after police say he punched an officer in the head during his arrest yesterday afternoon.

Wilmington Police say it happened around 4 p.m. at a home at 1012 Hanover Street. Officers say that’s where they found Michael Onwubuya, 20, who was wanted for felony probation violations.

Police say when an officer walked up to the house, a woman there told him Onwubuya was inside on the couch. They say the officer then went inside to serve the six warrants Onwubuya was wanted for in another area.

When police attempted to arrest him, they say Onwubuya punched one of the officers in the back of the head, sparking a struggle until police secured him.

Officers finally arrested Onwubuya, charging him the felonies he already faced, along with an assault charge on a law enforcement officer. Owubuya remains in the New Hanover County Jail under $100,000 secured bond.

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13 Comments on "Man charged with assault after punching police officer in the head"

2015 years 10 months ago

…if you hold a 45 year old grudge about the “injustice” of your traffic ticket and have been a police hater ever since, how do you feel about what the current president has done to ruin this great United States of America and jeopardize the freedoms of the people? Hope you don’t commit suicide over it.

If you REALLY want SENC to be a decent place to live, support your local police officers and other public responders, do your very best to vote in the best judges and DA’s in an attempt to KEEP criminals behind bars rather than place them back into society. Believe me, within the criminal world, that’s where you’ll find 99% of the “unjustified shootings” you speak of, not within the police community!

Organize your facts, understand what they are and come to reality about the “injustices” that REALLY exist!!

2015 years 10 months ago

that are so quick to say someone has a rap sheet if we don’t like cops are pitiful. You say this because you have no way to defend your “heroes”. Your nothing but badge hags and little sheep that hero worship these thugs. I can almost guarantee you are an Obamie liberal. I am truly sorry you are a blind SHEEP.

2015 years 10 months ago

It is usually very clear who has been arrested by the way they talk about the police. They blame the officer for causing them trouble. Personal responsibility has left the building.

Badge Hag
2015 years 10 months ago

Dare you to go do their job for a day… Oh, wait… You would probably be too scared. Get out of here. Our police are heroes, they run towards what everyone else runs away from. They are people, with families. They are daddies, and moms, and brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters. If you don’t like it, go live under a rock and keep your stupid and ignorant opinion to to yourself.
Our cops are so special because despite the low pay, they still protect idiots like you who don’t even respect them. Don’t wanna get shot? Stop breaking the law, jackholes.

2015 years 10 months ago

I want Southeastern North Carolina to be a decent place to live, with honest well trained well equipped law enforcement who have the best interests of the people they serve at heart. The first time I got a traffic ticket the officer told me it was because my father would not let him go duck hunting on our property. So that officer followed me around till he could give me that ticket. Made no bones about it. If that piece of injustice has stuck with me for 45 years, then I can’t imagine what an unjustified shooting does to the community.

2015 years 10 months ago

The people assuming the critics of Law Enforcement Officers are convicted criminals is the same thing as the people assuming all Law Enforcement Officers are thugs who delight in mistreating the public. My point is: If you have credible information about a specific person, either present that evidence with your comment or keep it to yourself.

2015 years 10 months ago


DINWIDDIE, Va. (WTVR) — Darryl Hayes’ Facebook page says he left his job at the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s office in October of 2013.

Tuesday afternoon a grand jury charged the former deputy in five separate indictments stemming from his time as a patrol lieutenant.

Near the former deputy’s home off Boydton Plank Road, a retired colleague — who did not want to appear on camera — told CBS-6 he’s shocked to hear of the charges and disgusted by the details.

“It’s a direct indictment so the prosecutor has taken it to the grand jury and done some investigating,” said CBS-6 legal expert Todd Stone. “They’ve spoken to the victim and the victim is apparently willing to testify.”

The indictments reveal the victim in this case is a female family member, and specify it’s not his spouse.

Hayes left the sheriff’s department in October for a different reason, according to a law enforcement source. The source said the current indictments were not the reason for his departure but couldn’t elaborate.

Stone says if convicted, Hayes will face tough punishment. “He’s charged with rape, sodomy and incest. These are all serious charges and will put you on the registry, and all call for mandatory prison time,” said Stone.

Hayes is being held without bond in a jail where Dinwiddie criminals are locked up. Stone says the former deputy will most likely be separated from criminals he may have cuffed.

“The defense will play up the fact that he was a deputy and served the public but it’s a two-edged sword because prosecutors will say he violated the public’s trust,” said Stone.

The indictments say that the alleged crimes between Hayes and the victim happened between March and August of 2012.

The sheriff’s office confirms he was a lieutenant with their department at that time.

2015 years 10 months ago

They didn’t shoot him-guess he wasn’t a veteran or a kid?

2015 years 10 months ago

…you obviously have great disdain for police officers with your constant demeaning comments about them. My guess is that you have a rap sheet that if torn in half, could be packaged as a family pack of Charmin. IDIOT!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

The officer is a “she” and she was injured. You suck.

2015 years 10 months ago

Injured and suffered a mild concussion…what the article doesn’t tell u is that she was a 5 ft 3 inch 120 lbs little female officer facing off with this 6ft 1 185 lbs suspect.

That sucks
2015 years 10 months ago

I hope this officer wasn’t injured. Otherwise he would have to use his sick time and only get 2/3 of his pay. Smh…..

2015 years 10 months ago

This is the trash our police officers have to deal with. Animals all of them


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