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Man arrested for arson, drug, weapons charges after incident at WPD

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A New Hanover County man is in jail charged with a host of crimes, after he showed up with a baseball bat and knives at Wilmington Police headquarters.

Investigators say yesterday around 12:30 p.m., WPD's front desk reported an irate man in the lobby with a baseball bat. Several detectives and patrol officers went to the lobby and spoke with Daryl Ansell McEntyre Jr., 22. They told McEntyre several times to drop the bat, but he refused.

Detectives say McEntyre began "growling" at them and then backed out the front doors. Detectives followed, tackled McEntyre, got the bat out of his hands and took him into custody. Officers found three butcher knives and a steak knife on him, along with four "dime" bags of marijuana seeds and rolling papers in his backpack.

EMS took McEntyre to the hospital for treatment for possible drug impairment. When police later took McEntyre to jail, New Hanover County Sheriff's detectives told police McEntyre was a suspect in an arson at his mother's house in Castle Hayne that had happened about 20 minutes before he arrived at WPD.

McEntyre is charged with first degree arson, carrying a concealed weapon other than a gun, simple possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. He is under a $30,000 secure bond.

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