Murder Suspect Walks in & Out Of Sheriff's Office Before Arrest

A murder suspect walked into a sheriff's office, and said he wanted to turn himself in. But he ended up walking right back out again.

Leroy Jenkins is the suspect in the beating death of a Jacksonville woman. She was attacked Saturday and died Tuesday.

Officials say Jenkins went to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 4-30 p-m Wednesday to turn himself in. But sheriff Ed Brown said they overlooked a warrant for him, so Jenkins left.

A jailer who saw Jenkins try to turn himself in later saw a news story about Jenkins, and called the sheriff. Jenkins was taken into custody a short time later.

The Sheriff's Office staff has been instructed that in the future, if someone comes to the office in person to see if they are wanted, the Sheriff's Office staff will exhaust all law enforcement databases to see if there is a warrant for the individual.

Sheriff's officials say If all law enforcement databases would have been checked when Jenkins came to the Sheriff's Office on Wednesday afternoon, he would have been taken into custody immediately because the Jacksonville Police Department entered him into NCIC.

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