SHERIFF: Subject Of Edgecombe County Manhunt Captured

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The man who was the subject of a manhunt Friday in Edgecombe County has been captured, according to officials.

Sheriff James Knight says that 38-year-old Christopher Powell of Washington, D.C. was arrested without incident at a home in Conetoe around 11:25 Saturday morning.

Officials say while investigating a break-in in the Conetoe area on Friday, they learned that Powell was also wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service on federal charges. A manhunt triggered when Powell was spotted around 1:00 p.m. Friday.

Officials with the U.S. Marshal Service say that Powell was wanted on a bond violation for a firearms charge and a federal parole violation.

Sheriff Knight says that Powell is being released into the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.

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The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office says U.S. Marshals were in the Conetoe area Friday for a manhunt for 38-year-old Christopher Powell. He is wanted on federal charges for violating probation on gun and drug charges.

Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight says Powell was spotted Friday about 1:00p.m. on Factory Street in Conetoe, and deputies and U.S. Marshals set up a perimeter in the area. Deputies asked people to stay in their homes during the search. Deputies and Marshals thought they located Powell a couple of hours later, but he was still not in custody as of late Friday night.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office first alerted the U.S. Marshals about Powell last month after they identified him as a suspect in a break in at the Conetoe Volunteer Fire Department September 23rd. About $50,000 worth of equipment was stolen during that break-in. No one was at the department at the time.

If you have any information on Powell’s location, please call the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office at 252-641-7911.


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