Wanted man in Kinston caught after extensive manhunt

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — After an extensive manhunt Wednesday, fugitive Ricky Ward has been caught.

The manhunt was underway in the area of South Queen and Shine streets in Kinston. Ward was wanted by numerous agencies in connection with a number of violent crimes.

Kinston police said Ricky Ward ran from officers after being pulled over during a routine traffic stop around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, leading to the manhunt.

Police say Ward was armed and dangerous.

Queen Street and Herritage Street in Kinston were closed south of King Street to Hwy. 70.

Various intersections throughout the city had barricades and cones.

“We can’t even get in or get out to our kids from school or go to the school because it’s locked down,” said Betty Baker, who lives nearby.

Dozens looked on helicopters, robots and dozens of officers searched for the man. Parents and kids wanted to know what’s going on.

“It’s actually dangerous both ways, because if they see him it may be a shootout, and then you got other people that’s out here,” said Baker. “You got kids out here.”

“If people know that the police are out here, and we’re looking for a dangerous suspect, they should be in their homes,” said Woody Spencer with the Kinston Police Department.

Ward was wanted in Wayne County for Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon,  Discharging a Weapon into an Occupied Property, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

He was wanted in Wake County for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.   He also has orders for arrest for Possession of a Firearm by a Prisoner, Arson, and Failure to Appear.

He was a suspect in a homicide and is suspected of numerous other recent violent crimes.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Offices, Highway Patrol and the North Carolina SBI bomb squad assisted in the search.


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