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A man was in custody Tuesday after he allegedly hijacked a big rig in Wilmington on Monday and forced the tractor-trailer driver to take him to a wood pellet manufacturing plant, where he scaled a 50-foot interior beam and stayed perched in the rafters for over 16 hours during a standoff with law enforcement authorities.
Kylen Duane Padgett Jr., 26, of Wilmington, is charged with breaking and entering of a coin operated machine, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and possession of a moped with an altered VIN. Padgett is in the New Hanover County Jail under a $10,000 bond.
One of New Hanover County’s most wanted is behind bars. A Wilmington police officer recognized Kylen Padgett during a traffic stop on Monday.
A collaborative investigation between the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Wilmington Police Department has netted 2 arrests, and cleared 47 separate cases.
The Wilmington police and New Hanover County sheriff's departments teamed up to arrest 19-year-old Kylen Padgett of Wilmington.