Base authorities arrest civilian wanted for L.A. robbery

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 06:33 PM.

A man applying for a job at Cherry Point was found to have an outstanding warrant for robbery in California and was arrested by base authorities.

Michael Paul Lira, 22, was turned over to Havelock police and transported to the Craven County Jail on Thursday afternoon.

Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said that the Dec. 24, 2013, warrant was for a robbery in Los Angeles County, Calif.

Mike Barton, deputy director of public affairs at Cherry Point, said that Lira was not a Marine.

“He applied for a job on the air station,” Barton said. “During the course of the standard background check, it was discovered that he is wanted by LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department). LAPD confirmed they had an active warrant for his arrest and requested that he be held until they could pick him up. He was apprehended by our Provost Marshal's Office and turned over to Havelock PD for holding.”

Cyrus said that base authorities had received word that Lira may be attempting to come onto the base, so they conducted a stop and took him into custody. 

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