An 18-year-old Sampson County man may have thought he could hide from law enforcement officers, but he was proven wrong late Thursday afternoon when deputies caught up with him, taking the man into custody and charging him with a break-in that occurred earlier in the day.
Emmanuel Mikel Kerr, 18, of 163 Longview Lake Road, Garland was charged with attempted larceny, breaking and entering, two counts of injury to personal property and resisting a public officer, charges that stemmed from a break-in at a Harrells Highway residence earlier in the day.
According to Sampson Sheriff’s Cpl. Marcus Smith, officers responded to a call of a suspicious male in the area of Harrells Highway around 11 a.m. Thursday. While in the area investigating that call, officers were alerted to a residential alarm not to far from where they were.
The officer, Smith continued, went to the residence (3386 Harrells Highway) to investigate, noticing that the door had been kicked in.
“While he was checking the residence, the officer located the suspect near a wood line, along with two juveniles. The officer tried to get to them, but they all fled into the woods.”
The juveniles were ages 14 and 15, reports noted.
After what Smith called a “diligent” search of the area, officers were able to locate all three individuals in the woods between Long View Lake Road and Harrells Highway.
“Mr. Kerr was taken into custody,” Smith said, noting that an investigation was continuing.
Smith was placed under a $40,000 secured bond and remained in the Sampson Detention Center late Friday afternoon. No court date was listed.