Wilmington parking incident highlights security concerns

Jamal Hikiem Bowden (Source: WPD)
Jamal Hikiem Bowden (Source: WPD)

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The City of Wilmington urges visitors to use downtown parking decks, but some people are now questioning the safety of the decks after a weekend incident.

Two off-duty police officers from Raleigh were on the fourth level of the Market and Front Streets parking deck Saturday night when they thought they heard someone trying to break into a car.

The officers ended up chasing two teenagers up two flights of stairs and calling Wilmington Police.

WPD apprehended 16-year-old Jamal Bowden who was with a 13-year-old boy in a stolen car. Bowden is charged with felony breaking and entering, among other charges.

"Those guys probably would have been caught [anyway] because the parking deck they chose to commit these crimes in is constantly under video surveillance," said John Hinnant, downtown business owner.

Constant survellience plus enhanced lighting, helps ease many concerns.

Several parking deck workers spoke to us, they said there are one or two incidents every few months, usually at night when the bars are closing.

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