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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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Feb 6, 2009 at 03:14 AM
    Obviously some of the arm chair quaterbacks will chime in when they shouldn't. Its not like the man walked into the office and said "Look at me, I killed two people"... Anyway, I find it ridiculous that someone thinks that everything should be perfect in the world like themselves *right..*
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2009 at 09:58 PM
    Thats one of many reasons why you can"t depend on police to protect you. Arm up citizen soilder and protect yourselfs. Seriosuly though, someone should be fired. The guy should have atleast been held until it could be confirmed. Not just depend on computer system as society is so heavly being relied on. Use the brains god gave you and call around or something. Don't just let murders walk away, atleast let them make it too court with a lawyer so then they can be freed? Better yet go to prison for life so tax payer can foot the bill for his continued education, daily excerise, paided job, 3 hot meals rather than just get it over with the death penality but due to bleeding hearts its inhumane. But! It was"nt inhumane evidently when they mutilated someone. What has happened to america? It was"nt always this way. And you know what when it was"nt his way we did not have the crime that we do now. You know why, because there where serious consequences and society knew it.
  • by what2 on Feb 5, 2009 at 06:06 PM
    I agree with What? that is so dumb... So if he would have left and never came back could he have said well I went to turn myself in, but they didnt find a warrant!! Dumb! Im mad that they are just implementing a policy for that!
  • by What??? on Feb 5, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    How do you let someone walk out after they turn themself in for murder?
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