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Man in custody for attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A man is in jail after being arrested for attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, Wilmington Police arrested Gerald Patrick, 25.

The following is an account of what happened from the Wilmington Police Department:
"Wilmington Police officers responded to a residence for domestic dispute involving a weapon. Arriving officers saw the suspect come out onto the front porch displaying a large knife, and then he walked back inside. Officers called out and ordered the man to put the knife down and come out.

The man came out again, but this time he had a handgun as well as a knife. Officers tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with the man. He went back inside again and returned with a woman, yelling and pointing a gun at her head. The suspect eventually moved into the front yard, still holding onto the victim and fighting with her.

Officers moved in as close as possible and eventually found an opportunity to grab the suspect while he was struggling on the ground with the victim. When the man refused to release the handgun, officers deployed a Taser to subdue him. Even so, they had to rip the gun from the suspect's hands before being able to handcuff him and resolve the crisis.

The suspect, Gerald Leon Patrick was transported to NHRMC to be checked out before being transported to the New Hanover County detention facility. He remains in custody there under $100,000 bond."

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