Authorities are still searching for two men they believe were involved in a robbery and high-speed chase on Wednesday night.
Daryl Hill, 25, of Havelock, is wanted for felony flight to elude by speed, aggressive driving, felony accessory after the fact, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, reckless driving-wanton disregard, and no operators license, according to a release.
Havelock police were able to identify Hill as a suspect because he was required to wear a GPS anklet bracelet as part of his probation with N.C. Probation and Parole. Authorities said Hill cut the bracelet off as authorities were in pursuit.
Hill, a registered sex offender, is described as black, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, and was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and tan trousers.
The second person, described as a person of interest in the case, has not been identified.
Havelock police did make one arrest in the case. Marvin Lovell Norris Jr., 19, of Havelock, is charged with felony larceny from a person, possession of a stolen firearm, resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus.
Norris is in the Craven County Jail under a $20,000 bond.
Norris was involved in the fatal shooting of Demetri Shavar Berry, 28, of Havelock, on Nov. 17 at Kelly Park Apartments in Havelock. Norris was not charged in Berry’s death after the district attorney’s office ruled based on a Havelock police investigation that Norris was defending himself in a locked apartment when Berry and another man, Marcus Anthony Nunes, 24, of Havelock, broke into the home intent on assaulting Norris.
According to Havelock police, Berry and Nunes were after Norris because they believed he had broken into their homes.
Cyrus said Hill was present at the time of Berry’s shooting.
Havelock police received a 911 call at 4:51 p.m. Wednesday from a man saying he had been robbed at the Pine Villa Apartments on Brown Boulevard in Havelock and that he was following the suspects on McCotter Boulevard, Cyrus said.
Havelock police located the suspect vehicle, a 2001 Nissan Sentra, with Hill behind the wheel.
The car sped away, turned right on Fontana Boulevard and headed east on N.C. 101 at a speed of 100 mph, with Havelock officer Kim Tutwiler in lead pursuit followed by Officer James Macroberts, Cyrus said.
“The officers that were involved in the pursuit said they did encounter some traffic, but other than the speed, no one was endangered, according to the officers,” Cyrus said. “We backed off on Highway 101 hoping that he would ease off on his speed but he never did.”
Hill stopped the car in front of 1002 Temples Point Road, and he and two occupants fled into the woods, Cyrus said. Havelock police chased the men on foot and Macroberts was able to catch Norris.
Craven County Sheriff’s deputies and Havelock police searched a wooded off Temples Point Road, but with darkness setting in, could not locate the other two men on Wednesday night.
Cyrus said a semi-automatic handgun was retrieved from Temples Point Road.
“It was in the car under the seat that Norris was sitting in when he fled the scene,” Cyrus said.
Cyrus said the alleged robbery victim saw a gun in Norris’ hand but he was never threatened with it.
Cyrus said it wasn’t clear if the weapon found in the vehicle was the same one used to shoot Berry. That weapon was never recovered.
“We can’t say for sure. It would be speculation at this point,” Cyrus said.
He said ballistics tests would be done on the gun to determine if it was the same weapon involved in Berry’s shooting.
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections website, Norris has a record of misdemeanor drug offenses. Hill was convicted of second-degree rape in 2006 and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury in 2008. Hill had been in jail from October 2008 until his release in August.