FIRST ON 3: Murder suspect arrested in Wrightsville Beach

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Submitted: Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:29pm
Updated: Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:35pm

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A man wanted for allegedly killing a woman in Rowan County has been arrested in Wrightsville Beach.

A neighbor found the body of Toney Ann Johnson yesterday morning in Spencer. Police there quickly put out an alert for Rodney Roberto Wallace, 47.

Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House says this afternoon a woman jumped out of a car in Wrightsville Beach Town Park, which is near the police department, screaming that there was a murderer in the car. House says a town parks and rec employee called told police, who immediately responded.

House says the man in the car was Wallace, and they quickly learned he was wanted for the Spencer murder. House says the woman with Wallace was his girlfriend, who learned as they sat in the car via text about what had happened in Spencer. House says Wallace was in the area, because he was waiting to see his daughter who lives in Wilmington.

Records show Wallace was convicted earlier this year for assault on a female and domestic criminal trespass in Rowan County. He was sentenced to probation.


  • Guest 2016 says:

    Toney Ann Johnson used to be a jobs counselor at LINC—(Leading Into New Communities)…A Safe House for Released Felons- This guy being ONE.

    Rodney Wallace, was released to LINC from Federal Prison, where he met the woman that he would eventually tragically MURDER.

    This is the REST of the Story!

  • HumTeeDumbTee says:

    All of that money, and when push comes to shove, the license plate scanning system is totally useless. Typical for Wrightsville Beach.

    (Oops sorry, I forgot; the system is designed to prevent beach terrorists!)

  • taxpayer says:

    There wasn’t a warrant for this guy’s arrest at the time he crossed the bridge. Therefore, the license plate scan wouldn’t have made a difference.

  • HumTeeDumbTee says:

    To which I reply: So much for the vaunted license plate scanning system !

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