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Manhunt for Lenoir County fugitive over after car crash in Jacksonville

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Curtis Darnell Williams Jr. Curtis Darnell Williams Jr.

An intense manhunt is over for a Lenoir County man considered armed and dangerous.

Police arrested 19-year-old Curtis Williams Tuesday morning after they say he crashed a stolen car in Jacksonville.

Williams has been on the run since Monday after allegedly breaking into several cars, homes, and even a middle school.

Sheriff Chris Hill of the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says the fugitive set up camp overnight at a home on Lightwood Knot Road near Kinston while evading the law.

"There was an elderly female there who had been hearing noises during the nighttime. She never left her room but when she came out this morning, she discovered somebody was in her home," said Hill.

Charles Griffith owns the home Williams allegedly broke into. He says his 83-year-old mom lives there.

"She called me around 6:30 all flustered about the car stolen and things messed up in the house," said Griffith.

The sheriff says Williams stole a Toyota Camry from the home on Lightwood Knot Road, then crashed it Tuesday morning in Jacksonville. Beth Purcell, public information officer for the Jacksonville Department of Public Safety, says the two-vehicle accident was likely due to inattention to the road.

"He did not flee the traffic accident," said Hill.

Police arrested Williams for allegedly giving false information about the stolen car. They later realized he was wanted in Lenoir and Duplin counties for several break-ins.

"Dangerous for law enforcement, dangerous to the community, yes, because you've got a man who's breaking into houses and is armed," said Hill.

On Monday, deputies hunted for Williams on land and by air for breaking into two cars, stealing a gun from one of the cars, and breaking into Woodington Middle School.

"I know yesterday when I went home, I knew we were going to have families concerned about sending their kids to Woodington School, knowing we had not captured him yet," said Hill.

The search turned up nothing, but then the sheriff says suspect struck again.

"During the nightfall, he pried open the back door of her [Griffith's] house, entered the home and made himself at home. He even took a shower," said Hill.
Griffith says he's relieved Williams is captured. But he says his mom lives alone and she may need more dogs to protect her.

Sheriff hill says Williams will be charged with several felonies. He was convicted in Duplin County last year for assaulting a public official and possessing stolen goods.

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Deputies in Onslow County arrested a wanted man after he crashed on Richlands Road near Jacksonville.

Deputies were booking Curtis Darnell Williams Jr. when they realized he was wanted in Lenoir and Duplin County.
Williams had two handguns in the stolen car he crashed.

Investigators from Lenoir County are now preparing to travel to Onslow County and charge Williams with various burglary charges.

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The Lenoir county Sheriff's Office is searching the Woodington area for a wanted suspect.

Sheriff Chris Hill tells 9 On Your Side a helicopter is helping search the area.

They have set up a search perimeter around where they think Curtis Darnell Williams Jr. is hiding.

Williams is a 19-year-old man standing about 6 feet tall wearing a checkered shirt and either jeans or shorts.

Deputies in Lenoir County and Duplin County say he's responsible for breaking into Woodington Middle School as well as larceny of motor vehicles.

Monday, they say he broke into a vehicle and stole a gun. The gun owner confronted Williams who then ran into the woods.

Deputies tell us anyone who sees Williams must not approach him, because he's considered armed and dangerous. Instead call the dispatch center.

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