WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Sergeant Robert Becker with Homeland Security says the search for a suspected MS13 gang member has been "formally called off."
"We are going to keep a presence in the Mayfaire area. We are going to keep chipping away, and hopefully we will get lucky," Becker said.
According to Becker, the man they are searching for and the man they previously arrested, have both been deported before and both have criminal backgrounds.
Becker says the suspect's main objective right now is getting away.
Landfall Security sent out an automated phone call around 2:45 p.m. with information regarding the incident. According to Landfall Security, Law enforcement agencies attempted to serve two warrants to contractors working in Landfall. One of the men was arrested and the other fled on foot towards Mayfaire.
Federal and local law enforcement agencies are still looking for the suspect around Mayfaire. Landfall Security describes the man as a Hispanic male in his 20'-30's wearing a Carolina Blue T-shirt. Law officers are searching for the man in the woods dividing Mayfaire and the surrounding neighborhoods.
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Some residents who live near the Mayfaire shopping center are concerned that the search was called off without the suspect being taken into custody.
Tim Konitzer, a Parkside neighborhood resident, said he was surprised the search was called off due to darkness.
"I'm a little nervous you know," said Konitzer. "My house backs right up to the woods so I'm hoping he doesn't pick my house to try and come into later."
Steve Boyd, another Parkside resident, figured the suspect couldn't take advantage of the scaled-back search efforts.
"If I were the guy that was out in the woods, I would stay out in the woods until it was dark, then I would walk out," said Boyd.
Shane Coderre lives in Landfall with his family. He said he was surprised the incident started in his community.
"You live inside Landfall and you think you're always secure, but evidently it was a worker in there so it just shows that it can happen to anyone at anytime, in any place," said Coderre.
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