Police: Man steals from Jacksonville Walmart, leads chase

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Police have identified the man accused of stealing from a Walmart and leading officers on a chase before he was tased.

According to warrants from the Jacksonville Police Department, 22-year-old Matthew Thornton Duncan allegedly stole a belt and shirt from a Walmart on Yopp Road at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. The items were worth $24.98.

Police said Duncan drove off and officers followed. The suspect later abandoned his vehicle and ran near the Northwoods Shopping Center on Henderson Drive, said investigators.

Officers followed on foot and eventually tased Duncan to prevent him from running into traffic, police said. The suspect injured his face in a fall, and was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital.

When the officer asked the suspect for his name, he gave the name of his brother, according to investigators.

Police also found cocaine in the suspect's vehicle, according to the warrants.

Duncan, of Jacksonville, has been charged with the following:

Felony fleeing to elude arrest;
Failure to stop for blue lights and siren (three counts);
Possession of cocaine;
Possession of drug paraphernalia;
Maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances;
Resist, obstruct, delay a public officer (two counts);
Providing fictitious information to a law enforcement officer;
Safe movement violation;
Driving left of center;
Impeding traffic;
Driving through a center median.

He was being held under a $22,000 secured bond, police said.


A police chase led to the arrest of a larceny suspect in Jacksonville.

According to police, officers approached the suspect at the Yopp Road Walmart.

Officials said the suspect fled the scene and police followed until the suspect abandoned his vehicle. He then ran away near the Northwoods Shopping Center, according to authorities.

Officers followed him on foot and eventually took him into custody.

The suspect's identity has not been released.

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