One of two teens charged following a police chase that ended in wreck on Carolina Beach Road on Wednesday, now faces additional felony charges in connection with a shooting in December 2015.
Jacquez Oshea Hill, 17, and Taveon Quadeir Nixon, 17, both of Wilmington, faced several felony charges in connection with a wreck in the 2300 block of Carolina Beach Road that happened just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Jeff Gordon with the N.C. State Highway Patrol.
A trooper who is a member of the FBI Safe Street Task Force in Wilmington attempted to make a traffic stop for an equipment violation on 17th Street near Medical Center Drive. Hill, who police believe was driving the vehicle, reportedly failed to stop and a short vehicle pursuit began, Gordon said.
The vehicle, a 2002 Acura TL, then traveled north on Carolina Beach Road where it lost control and struck a minivan that was attempting to exit a parking lot off the roadway. As a result of the crash, thee of the four people inside the Acura were ejected from the car, Gordon said.
“The driver fled on foot but was quickly subdued by several good Samaritans until law enforcement officials took the suspect into custody,” Gordon said.
The three passengers who were thrown from the car were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the minivan was also taken to the hospital for treatment and has since been released.
Heroin and weapons were seized from the vehicle. Troopers say speed is suspected to be a factor in the wreck. The vehicle was traveling “in excess of the speed limit” at the time of the wreck, Gordon said.
Hill was charged with felony speeding to elude, four counts of felonious hit and run involving serious bodily injury and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin. Nixon, a passenger in the Acura, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin. Nixon and Hill were each booked at the New Hanover County Jail under $1 million secured bonds, according to jail records.
“Several recent tips from Text-A-Tip and credible witnesses have tied this Acura to many of the recent shootings in the Wilmington area, and most strongly to the Dec. 29, 2015, shooting which damaged several homes on Harbuor Drive,” Gordon said.
According to police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay, police responded to reports of gunfire in the 1100 block of Harbour Drive in the Sand Ridge apartment complex at 11:19 a.m. Dec. 29. More than two dozen shots were fired and struck four nearby apartments in the area of Buckingham Avenue and Troy Drive. The apartments were occupied at the time of the shooting, but no one was injured.
Witnesses reported seeing at least two black males shooting guns while on the walkway in the 1100 block of Harbour Drive, Lindsay said. The suspects ran toward the area of Wellington Avenue. At the same time, a green Acura with dark tinted windows was observed by witnesses fleeing from the apartments.
Gordon said the information was relayed to members of the Safe Streets Task Force, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Wilmington Police Department, N.C. Highway Patrol, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.
On Friday, Wilmington detectives charged Hill in connection with the Dec. 29 shooting, Lindsay said. He faces additional charges five counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and possession of a handgun by minor.
“Detectives are continuing to investigate Hill’s possible involvement in other recent shootings,” Lindsay said.
“The FBI’s partnerships with the local and state law enforcement agencies across North Carolina are critical to fighting and investigating gang violence. There are four Safe Streets Task Force operations across the state located in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington. Each task force is made up of dozens of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that investigate violent crime–specifically gangs. The goal is to take out the entire gang, from the street level criminals and dealers all the way up to the gang’s leaders,” Gordon said.