Crime notebook: Two teens face charges after Monday night gunfire; former deputy charged with assault, impersonating officer

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Wilmington

Trent James Aaron Jinwright
Trent James Aaron Jinwright

Two teens have been arrested in connection with gunfire in the area of Stewart Circle on Monday night.

Trent James Aaron Jinwright, 18, and Stephen Ryder Pearsall, 19, were arrested following a shooting in the 1100 block of Stewart Circle at about 9:50 p.m. Monday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

An officer with the Housing Task Force reportedly heard gunshots from the area Monday night, Lindsay said. Officers spotted a vehicle leaving the area at a “high rate of speed” headed toward Spaulding Drive near North 30th Street, she added.

The vehicle reportedly turned onto a dirt road in back of the Creekwood community that leads to Martin Luther King Junior Parkway, Lindsay said. Patrol and K-9 officers set up a perimeter around the area and found the suspects behind a house. Officers allegedly found a firearm and heroin in Jinwright’s possession. An additional firearm was reportedly found in the vehicle.

Stephen Ryder Pearsall
Stephen Ryder Pearsall

Jinwright, of Wilmington, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm within city limits, discharging a firearm from an enclosure, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, and resist, delay or obstruct an officer. Jinwright is a validated gang member, Lindsay said. He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $1 million bond.

Pearsall, of Watha, was charged with resist, delay, or obstruct an 0fficer. He was booked under a $4,000 secured bond.

Additional charges may be pending for Jinwright, Lindsay said. The investigation is ongoing.

Brunswick County

Jessica Elizabeth Falor
Jessica Elizabeth Falor

A former deputy with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested in connection with impersonating law enforcement.

Jessica Elizabeth Falor, 24, of Leland, was arrested Monday on several misdemeanor charges, including two counts of impersonating law enforcement, simple assault and breaking or entering, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

According to arrest warrants, Falor is charged with impersonating an officer, showing her badge and unlawfully conducting a search of a home in the 1300 block of Cherry Tree Road in Winnabow on Feb. 12 with three females inside. She is also charged with assaulting one of the females at the home.

Falor was hired at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as a detention deputy on Jan. 28, 2015, Flax said. She resigned from her position in drug court on Sept. 19, 2015.

Falor was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $2,000 bond and was later released from jail.

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