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***** REWARD: $5,000 CASH *****

      The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking your help in locating Javier Gomez (aka) Humberto Gomez Chavez.  Mr.

Gomez is a 47 year old (Date of Birth 03/24/1970) Hispanic male who was last seen leaving Plantation Drive in Warsaw,

North Carolina on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  A $5,000 CASH REWARD IS BEING OFFERED FOR ANY INFORMATION ON

THIS CASE WHICH LEADS TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF ANY SUSPECT(S) IN REGARDS TO THE

DISAPPEARANCE OF JAVIER GOMEZ.  If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Duplin County

Sheriff’s Office at 910-296-2150.

 

NEWS RELEASE 

                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
                                      November 28, 2017
                                      From:  Sheriff Blake Wallace                                                                                                                                                           Duplin County

                      SHERIFF BLAKE WALLACE OFFERS TIPS FOR SAFE SHOPPING
                        DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

                                                     “The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the                                     latest gadgets and find the best deals,” said Sheriff Blake Wallace, Duplin County Sheriff.

                                                       But shoppers should not be neglecting their safety.  According to Sheriff Wallace, “This time of year attracts                                       more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours.  These factors and the                                   usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.

                                                      The Sheriff reminds all Duplin County residents to follow these safety tips:

                                                         Shopping Safety:

                                                           •  A single shopper is the best target for theft. Always shop with a friend or relative.

                                                           •  When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to return. Also,                                                                        make sure they know what you are wearing, as well as the type of vehicle you are driving.

                                                           •  Shop during daylight hours. If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.

                                                           •  Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. If carrying cash, keep it in your front                                                                 pocket rather than in a purse or wallet.  This makes it much more difficult for a pick-pocket to remove.                                                                         Also store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket.  If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.

                                                            •  Pay careful attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to                                                                  have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

                                                            •  When returning to your vehicle, check around it and in the back seat. Be aware of strangers approaching                                                                    you for any reason.  Have your car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected                                                                        from the security of your vehicle.

                                                            •  If you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard and ask them to walk you to your                                                                    car.

                                                     According to Sheriff Wallace, “During this time of year, busy holiday shoppers become careless and vulnerable                                            to other crimes as well.  Credit card fraud and gift card fraud are on the rise.  However, taking a few preventive                                                          measures can help.”

                                                        Credit Card Fraud:

                                                            •  Keep a close watch on your credit card every time you use it, and make sure you get it back as quickly as                                                                    possible.

                                                            •  Never write your PIN number on your credit card.

                                                            •  Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.

                                                            •  Shield your credit card number so that others around you can’t copy it or capture it on a mobile telephone                                                                  or other camera.

                                                            •  Only carry credit cards that you absolutely need.

                                                            •  Shred anything with your credit card number written on it.

                                                            •  If you’re planning to purchase online, make sure the web page where you enter your credit card                                                                                      information is secure through SSL (Secure Socket Layer). You can tell if the web page is secure by                                                                                looking for the gold lock or key icon at the bottom corner of your browser window.

                                                            •  If you’re not comfortable submitting your information through the internet, call the seller and give them                                                                        your information over the telephone. Never send your credit card information via email.

                                                            •  Check the company out. Only do business with companies that provide a physical address and                                                                                      telephone number.

                                                            •  Keep good records. Always print out a copy of any online products or services you purchase.

                                                       Gift Card Fraud:

                                                             •  Never buy gift cards from online auction sites. This is a large source of gift card fraud.  Many of the gift                                                                         cards are stolen, counterfeit or used.

                                                             •  Only buy gift cards directly from the store issuing the gift card or from a secure retailer’s website.

                                                             •  Don’t buy gift cards off of publicly displayed racks in retail stores. Only purchase gift cards at the sales                                                                         terminal from the cashier.

                                                             •  Always carefully examine both the front and back of a gift card before you buy it. If you see a PIN                                                                                 number, ask for a different card.  If the card looks like it has been tampered with in any way, put it back.

                                                             •  Always ask the store cashier to scan the gift card in front of you. This will guarantee that your card is                                                                           valid when you buy it and that it reflects the balance you just charged it with.

                                                             •  Always keep your receipt as a proof of purchase as long as there is money stored on the gift card.

                                                             •  If possible, register your gift card at the store’s website.

                                                             •  Never give your Social Security number, date of birth or any other unneeded private information when                                                                         purchasing a gift card. No reputable company will ask for this information.

                                                 In light of these problems, Sheriff Wallace warns shoppers to be careful so that they don’t become the victim of                                        criminal activity.  “Unfortunately, when shopping, people have a tendency to let their guard down,” said Sheriff Wallace.                                        “However, paying attention and taking precautions can help eliminate their chances of being victimized.”

VEHICLE CHASE LEADS TO ARREST

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BY SHERIFF BLAKE WALLACE
October 12, 2017

 On October 11, 2017, members of the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office received information that Christopher Steven Giddeons of Angola Bay Road, Wallace, NC, was operating a 1995 Ford Mustang and possibly in the Cypress Creek area. Based on this information, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area.  While in the area, Detective’s observed the vehicle traveling on Bear Pond Road and confirmed the driver was Christopher Steven Giddeons.  Due to Giddeons having several outstanding felony drug warrants and a suspended driver’s license, units attempted to conduct a traffic stop at which time Giddeons accelerated and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, Giddeons operated the vehicle at a high rate of speed, at times exceeding 100 mph. Giddeons also operated the vehicle recklessly by failing to stop for stop signs, driving left of center, and speeding. The pursuit went into the Nine Mile community of Onslow County.  Due to Giddeons operating the vehicle in such a manner that he became a danger to the general public, the pursuing units were able get the suspect’s vehicle stopped.  Giddeons was then taken into custody without incident.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Giddeons had thrown methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia out of the vehicle at the end of the pursuit. Additional methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including plastic bags for packaging and digital scales, were located inside the suspect vehicle.  It was found that the vehicle’s door locks and ignition had been torn out which is common with stolen vehicles.  The vehicle had also been painted using a spray can to change the vehicle’s color from burgundy to black.  Due to these observations, the Sheriff’s Office believed the vehicle was possibly stolen.  Deputies made contact with the registered owner and the owner confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen from behind a mobile home in the Chinquapin area.

Giddeons was transported to the Duplin County Jail where he was held under a $319,000 secured bond. Giddeons was charged with the following offenses related to the pursuit:

  • Felony Flee/Elude arrest with motor vehicle
  • Drive left of center
  • Fail to stop for stop sign
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving while license revoked
  • Larceny of motor vehicle
  • Possession of a stolen motor vehicle
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Littering
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Three counts of trafficking Methamphetamine
  • Assault with a deadly weapon on a government official (Motor vehicle)
  • Injury to personal property
  • Maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance
  • Possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II (Methamphetamine)Giddeons was additionally served with outstanding warrants for the following offenses:
  • Three counts of selling schedule II (Methamphetamine)
  • Three counts of delivering schedule II (Methamphetamine)
  • Two counts of manufacturing schedule II (Methamphetamine)
  • Three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II (Methamphetamine)
  • Three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Three counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for controlled substance
  • Felony possession of schedule II (Methamphetamine)

Giddeons has a lengthy criminal history with numerous felony convictions. The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office plans to request that the District Attorney prosecute Giddeon’s as a habitual felon.

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BY SHERIFF BLAKE WALLACE

January 27, 2017

        On January 22, 2017, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alleged statutory rape in the Pink Hill area of Duplin County.  Deputies were informed by the reporting party that Tanorm Malik Wilson was in a sexual relationship with a fourteen year old girl.  Wilson denied all charges but was arrested on other outstanding charges.  After conducting a follow-up interview, Wilson admitted to investigators that he has had a sexual relationship with the child even though he was aware of her age.  Wilson was charged with ten counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child, ten counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Child, three counts of Statutory Rape, two counts of Statutory Sex Offense, and one count of Crime Against Nature.  Tanorm Wilson was placed in the Duplin County Jail under an $80,000 secure bond.

Tanorm Malik Wilson

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