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Man wanted for murder in WV arrested in Pender County

Kenneth Alan Stout, 63, was arrested in Pender County after being spotted by an off-duty New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — An off-duty lieutenant helped to detain an offender listed as wanted for murder.

Lt. Bryant with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was shopping at Food Lion in Pender County on Saturday and noticed a man in the store that looked familiar. Bryant realized the man was Kenneth Alan Stout, recognized from a U.S. Marshal poster.

An arrest warrant was issued April 10 for Stout by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department in West Virginia. According to the U.S. Marshals Office, he is wanted for the murder of Barbara Baker, killed in McDowell County on April 1. The wanted poster states Stout has a long history of violence and is “very dangerous and manipulative.” It goes on to Stout is likely exploiting the religious community and may be seeking work as a handyman. He had last been seen in Dillon County, South Carolina.

When Bryant recognized Stout, he called 911 and two Pender County deputies arrived. When they attempted to detain Stout, he took off running. The deputies, with the help of Bryant, chased him down and put him under arrest.

Stout, 63, is in the Pender County Detention Center under no bond. According to w release from the U.S. Marshals Office, Stout is awaiting extradition back to West Virginia. Criminal charges in North Carolina are also pending.


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