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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County teen has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping his own grandfather.

The Sheriff’s Office says late last night Tyler Balcombe, 18, asked his grandfather Robert Covil for a ride to pick up a friend in the Castle Hayne area. Balcombe could not find his friend and became agitated, investigators say. Covil became concerned and put his hand on his 9 mm pistol he keeps in the vehicle. That’s when deputies say Balcombe lunged for the weapon and wrestled it away from his grandfather and said, “Papa, you’re going where I tell you!”

The Sheriff’s Office says Balcombe instructed his grandfather to drive to Leland. On the way, investigators say Covil noticed he was behind a New Hanover County Sheriff’s vehicle, so he flashed his lights a couple of times. Dep. G. McMillan quickly fell in behind Covil and pulled the car over to investigate calling Leland Police for help.

Investigators say once stopped Balcombe quickly surrendered. He is in jail under $25,000 secured bond charged with second-degree kidnapping and common law robbery, which are both felonies.

Covil was not injured and returned home.


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