Police: Fugitive leads officers on chase inside Pitt County hospital

POSTED: 7:48 AM Nov 14 2013   UPDATED: 6:16 PM Nov 14 2013
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A fugitive ran away during a traffic stop, then led officers on a foot chase inside a hospital in Pitt County, police said.

According to Greenville Police, 21-year-old Christopher Moore pulled into the Vidant Medical Center parking lot on Stantonsburg Road during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. Moore then tried to get away from the officer by running into the hospital, investigators said.

"Who runs into a hospital for safety? Like, 'oh I'm being chased by the cops, let me go into the hospital,'" said Mary Welker, whose mother was being treated on the fourth floor.

Officers found and arrested Moore on the hospital's third floor after a brief search, said police. "They say he ran right through and they found him in an electrical closet or something like that," said Brandon Best, who works as a cook at Vidant.

Best is happy the chase ended peacefully. "He could've been armed, dangerous. All I got is a spatula and some knives, I mean, nothin' I could've done," he said.

Moore was wanted on six counts of felony probation violation, according to investigators. He was also charged with four counts of felony breaking and entering, four counts of larceny after breaking and entering, one count of larceny of a firearm, one count of driving while license revoked, and one count of resisting a public officer.

Moore was also wanted out of Virginia on a fugitive warrant and eight counts of home invasion and breaking and entering, police said. The suspect received a $402,000 secured bond and was being held in the Pitt County Detention Center pending pickup by Virginia authorities.