Arson and robbery suspect arrested after standoff with Greenville police

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Greenville police said a man is in custody after setting a camper on fire, robbing a store, and barricading himself in a vehicle, leading to a standoff that closed a part of a highway.

According to Lieutenant David Bowen, Saturday around 2:30 p.m., officers were called to an attempted arson of a camper at Colony Tire on 110 Daughtridge Drive. Lt. Bowen said a bystander saw a man set the camper on fire after pouring gasoline on it. The bystander was able to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.

While Greenville Police and Greenville Fire/Rescue were at Colony Tire, another bystander flagged them down and said someone had just robbed The Fuel Doc, a nearby store.

The person who put the fire out then identified a white pickup truck the suspect was driving as the one who set fire to the camper as it passed by officers at the initial scene. Bowen said officers tried to stop the truck but the suspect attempted to get away and crashed. According to Bowen, it was at this time that officers saw that he had a gun.

Bowen said officers tried to stop him again, leading to a chase that ended in a field after the suspect’s truck got stuck. Bowen said this started a standoff that lasted more than an hour. A section of Hwy. 33 and Memorial Drive was blocked off.

After negotiations, the suspect, who Bowen said is a white male, was then taken into custody and transported to ECU Health Medical Center for evaluation.

Lt. Bowen said charges are still pending and the section of Hwy. 33 and Memorial Drive has since reopened.

The Greenville Police Department thanked the NC State Highway Patrol, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, and ECU Health Police for their help.