Sheriff: Murder suspect who ran from deputies arrested (UPDATED)

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Theio Robert Manley
Theio Robert Manley

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Wilmington man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting reported last week at an Ogden home.

Deputies were attempting to arrest 24-year-old Theio Robert Manley, who is wanted in connection with the May 4 shooting of 32-year-old Yancey Martin Edwards, at about 11 a.m., when he ran from authorities, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

Peachtree Avenue was closed for about two hours Tuesday as authorities searched for Manley. The road reopened to traffic just after 1 p.m. Manley was arrested at about 2:30 p.m.

Sheriff’s deputies, Wilmington police, Wilmington Police Department’s helicopter and K-9 units with both departments continue searched for Manley in the area on Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Anthony Rich Malloy, 24, and Brent Thomas James Hyatt, 25, were arrested last week, charged with first-degree murder in Edwards’ death.

Deputies responded to a burglary call at a home in the 400 block of Point View Court just before 3 a.m. May 4, Brewer said. Edwards was fatally shot and another man was taken to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the arm. A woman, who was also at the home at the time of the shooting, was uninjured. Two dogs were killed in the shooting.

“According to the victims, two males entered the residence through the kitchen window with a rifle, demanding money and drugs,” Brewer said. Edwards and the man who was injured struggled with the intruders, who reportedly left the home through a kitchen window.

Malloy and Hyatt also face charges of first-degree burglary, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury and two counts of cruelty to animals, according to jail records. Malloy and Hyatt, both of Rocky Point, are being held at the New Hanover County jail without bond.

Peachtree Avenue in midtown Wilmington is closed as authorities search for a murder suspect. Photo by Christina Haley.
Peachtree Avenue in midtown Wilmington is closed as authorities search for a murder suspect. Photo by Christina Haley.