Police: Two residents report intrusions at Avalon Apartments

(Source: Ryan Grgurich)
(Source: Ryan Grgurich)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Officers with the Wilmington Police Department arrested a man accused of breaking into a unit in Avalon Apartments on Excalibur Way around 11:00 Tuesday night.

According to Lucy Crockett with WPD, a young woman reported she was in her apartment with the door unlocked when a stranger walked in.  She said her dog chased the intruder out of her home.

New Hanover County 911 dispatch said they received a call Tuesday night from a resident saying someone was trying to wiggle their doorknob and get into their apartment.

An officer responding to the call spotted a man matching the description of the stranger and tried to stop him for questioning, but the man ran.  The officer was able to catch up to him after a short foot chase.

The officer arrested Michael Anthony Hall, 20 of Wilmington, and charged him with burglary, possession of cocaine, and resisting arrest.

About an hour later, another resident of Avalon Apartments reported being robbed at gunpoint.

According to Crockett, a resident on Quail Ridge Road was hosting a Texas Hold'em poker game when two or three men wearing masks and armed with handguns walked into the apartment's unlocked front door.

The victims told police the intruders held everyone at gunpoint and took cash, cell phones, credit cards and jewelry before leaving.

They say one of the intruders fired a shot into the ceiling during the robbery.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600.

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