UPDATE: Search for suspect was
called off around 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Law enforcement is still searching
for the suspect, but will not be conducting the same type of search that was
performed on Thursday in Mayfaire
Multiple law enforcement agencies are in search of a suspect
The Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County
Sheriff’s Office is assisting Homeland Security Investigations with the search.
Vincent Picard, spokesperson with U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement, said around 4:20 p.m., “ICE Homeland Security
Investigations was seeking to execute two arrest warrants for documented gang
members and we took one into custody and one fled the scene. So now, the one
that fled the scene is boxed in in a wooded area.
Supervisory Special Agent Bob Becker, U.S. Department of
Homeland Security, said shortly after 4 p.m., that the two men are MS-13 gang
members. MS-13 is a transnational gang.
Landfall Security issued an alert around 2:30 p.m. about the search.
“Law enforcement attempted to execute an arrest warrant on
two temporary landscape contracted laborers within the Landfall community,”
Landfall Security stated. "One suspect was arrested and the other, a
Hispanic male approximately mid to late 20s wearing a Carolina blue T-shirt and
blue jeans. At this time we are told that the second suspect ran into the Mayfaire
area, and the authorities are pursuing the individual. Please contact law
enforcement, 910-343-3600, if you see anything suspicious and we will provide
you with further updates as they become available.”
Also around 2:30 p.m., four K-9 units with lights flashing
were parked along Town Center
Drive by O2 Fitness.
Picard said information released would be limited until the
suspect is in custody.
Updates are being
posted as they come available.