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Smoke break leads to footchase and arrest

Revised on: 12.4.2018 at 01:33 p.m.

Posted on: 12.4.2018 at 04:21 p.m.

A smoke break helped identify an alleged thief who threatened three men with a handgun Dec. 1.

Tabor City police reported that Jaquan Malik McCray, 21, of 213 Woodrow Street, was arrested for breaking and entering a motor vehicle, and theft from a motor vehicle. He was held under a $7,500 secured bond.

Patrolman R. Edwards reported that he was enroute to a report of a man with a gun at 121 W. Fifth Street just before 8 p.m. when he was waved down by three men. Winfred Livingston told Edwards that he and his son had stepped outside of the auction house to smoke a cigarette and saw McCray looking in vehicles as he walked west on Fifth Street.

They lost sight of the man at one point, and the younger Livingston went to check his father’s vehicle. As he approached the vehicle, Livingston told police, he slipped on the wet sidewalk and “the black male stoop out of the vehicle.”

When the younger Livingston stood, McCray allegedly stepped toward him and punched him twice in the face before fleeing down an alley. When the victim pursued the man identified as McCray, the report said the suspect turned and pointed an object that looked like a firearm in his direction.

Livingston, his father and a third male pursued McCray through the courthouse parking lot, then up Fourth Street to Main before losing sight of him.

Patrolman S. Conner detained McCray along the reported route of his escape, and the suspect was identified by the victims. No firearm was reported recovered.

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