Kohl’s attempted robbery suspect arrested

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of trying to rob a Wilmington department store and threatening an employee with a box cutter is behind bars.

Wilmington Police say they went to serve a warrant on Richard Blane Murphy.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron says officers went to several addresses searching for Murphy.

When they finally found him, he took off and ran into the woods in the College Acres area.

Dandron says Murphy was then taken into custody.

The arrest comes two days after the attempted robbery at Kohl’s.

Police say Monday morning, Murphy left the store without paying for merchandise.

When a loss prevention officer approached him, Murphy allegedly showed an orange box cutter and threatened to cut the officer. Murphy then dropped the merchandise and left on a gray bicycle.

Murphy is charged with the following:

  • robbery with a dangerous weapon attempt
  • habitual larceny
  • resist/delay/obstruct public officers
  • speeding to elude arrest with aggravating factors
  • aggressive driving
  • no operators license
  • expired registration card/tag

He is in the New Hanover County Detention Center under a $98,100 bond.

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