Crime notebook: Woman shot while driving; tire iron used in gas station armed robbery

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An employee of a Nixon Street convenience store near downtown Wilmington was shot during an armed robbery Sunday night.

The 61-year-old man was injured at Munchies Grocery in the 400 block of Nixon Street at about 9:13 p.m. Sunday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

Arriving officers set up a perimeter in the area but were not able to find the suspect, Lindsay said. The man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The suspect is described as a black male who is about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He wore a black mask and all black clothing during the robbery.

Woman injured in shooting on Maides Avenue

A 46-year-old woman was shot in the leg Friday night while in her vehicle.

The woman reported she was driving down Maides Avenue when she heard gunfire just before 7 p.m. Friday, according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Leslie Irving.

A bullet struck the woman’s leg as she was driving, Irving said. The woman drove away from the area and to a nearby store on Princess Place Drive where she met with police. The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she was treated for the injury, which was not considered life-threatening.

These investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.

New Hanover County

 Michael Thomas Arslan
Michael Thomas Arslan

Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery at a gas station Sunday night.

Deputies responded to the Scotchman gas station located at the intersection of Market Street and Middle Sound Loop Road around 9:47 p.m., according to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

The clerk reported that a man walked up to the counter, pulled a tire iron from his jacket and demanded money. The suspect – described as a 6-foot-tall white male who wore a black jacket – reportedly ran with the cash out of the store and across the street, where he got into a 4-door white Honda Civic.

Deputies tried to stop a vehicle matching the description but the vehicle sped away, Brewer said. The deputies were able to stop the vehicle later on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

The suspect in the vehicle – 32-year-old Michael Thomas Arslan – was arrested and taken into custody, Brewer said. He was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $75,000 secured bond.