Police say another suspect remains at large after chase that closed off part of Forest Hills area
WILMINGTON -- Police say a man arrested after a manhunt Saturday in the Forest Hills area was wanted in connection with a shooting last Thursday on Klein Road.
Greer Hayes Old, 22, was arrested Saturday night following a multi-agency search around Forest Hills Drive, Wrightsville Avenue and Independence Boulevard. He is charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer; fleeing to elude arrest; firearm possession by a felon; possession of a stolen firearm; and assault on a government official with intent to kill.
As of Sunday afternoon, another suspect remains at large, according to police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron. She said police were working Sunday to identify him.
Saturday's events started unfolding at 7 p.m., when police received a tip that Old was staying at the Travel Inn on Market Street (police originally identified the location as the Travelodge). Dandron said Old was wanted in connection with a shooting Thursday in the 2200 block of Klein Road that left a 28-year-old Winnabow man with non-life threatening wounds.
When police arrived at the hotel, Old and another man got into a vehicle, Dandron said. A chase ensued with Old at the wheel, and the men led police to Empie Park, where they jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot. Police said officers and one of the men exchanged gunfire, but no one was injured.
Officers arrested Old about an hour later with the help of a police K-9, Dandron said.
Dandron said it was not immediately clear if the other man, who remains at large, was also connected with the Klein Road shooting. He is described as a white male wearing dark clothing, a bandana and a hat.
Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department via 911, at 910-343-3609 or anonymously submit a tip via Text-A-Tip. Send “Tip708” and the information to 274637 (CRIMES).
Old was booked into the New Hanvoer County jail with bail set at $500,000.
He is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday.
According to records from the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Old is currently on probation for a 2017 conviction in New Hanover County for larceny, felony common law robbery and felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. Old was arrested with two other men in April 2017 after reportedly stealing a wallet and a cellphone from a friend while the group dined at Rucker Johns restaurant in Monkey Junction.
He served several months in prison, records show, and was released April 18.
He also has a conviction from 2014 in New Hanover County for carrying a concealed weapon, records show.
Dandron noted that Wilmington police were assisted by the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, N.C. Highway Patrol and Wrightsville Beach authorities in Saturday's manhunt.
"It was a great effort by everyone in the county," she said.
Reporter Cammie Bellamy can be reached at 910-343-2339 or Cammie.Bellamy@StarNewsOnline.com.