Crime notebook: Man charged with shooting outside community center; Leland man charged with stolen golf cart batteries

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Wilmington

Police are searching for Roy Augusta Smith II, who is wanted in connection with a shooting that injured a man downtown. Photo courtesy of the Wilmington Police Department.
Roy Augusta Smith II

A Wilmington man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that injured a man outside a local community center.

Roy Augusta Smith II, 33, of Wilmington, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Thursday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley. He was wanted in connection with a shooting outside the MLK Community Center, 401 S. Eighth St., at about 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

Witnesses reported that the suspect shot at a man in a vehicle as it was leaving the area. Police suspect the shooting was related to a domestic dispute outside the community center.

The victim was found at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his hip. The injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said.

Smith is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

Brunswick County

John Joseph Sawchuk
John Joseph Sawchuk

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Leland man in connection with stolen golf cart batteries.

John Joseph Sawchuk Jr., 32, of Lee Drive in Leland, was wanted earlier this week on charges of six counts of obtaining property under false pretense in connection with several incidents that occurred between Sept. 2-Oct. 23, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax. Since his arrest on Thursday, Sawchuk faces two additional charges of felony larceny.

According to arrest warrants, he is charged with obtaining more than $500 from a recycling company by turning in more than 2 tons of golf cart batteries, claiming he was the legal owner of the batteries. Sawchuk is also charged with the larceny of $4,500 worth of golf cart batteries from a golf cart outlet company.

Sawchuk is being held at the Brunswick County Jail under a $65,000 secured bond.