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Lake Wylie manhunt

By:Logan O’Boyle

Last Friday three Charlotte men were arrested for grand larceny, burglary and criminal conspiracy charges. Photo courtesy of Google images

On the night of Thursday, October 7, Lake Wylie police, along with the help of many other law enforcement agencies, conducted an investigation concerning a vehicle that was found on Blucher Circle in Clover, SC. York County Police officers interrupted three men in the middle of stealing parts off of the vehicle.

When officials found the vehicle, it was propped up by a jack and cylinder blocks. The discovered vehicle was missing both tires and rims. According to the sheriff’s report, police located a vehicle nearby with the missing rims and tires on the car.

The suspects of the crime fled the scene in a recently stolen Honda Ridgeline truck. However, when police found the stolen truck, it was left abandoned near the Buster Boyd Bridge in Lake Wylie. The suspects continued to flee on foot. Officials then began an intense ground search for them. During the manhunt, police stopped traffic to search vehicles they used bloodhounds, a patrol boat, and a police helicopter to look for any possible suspects. According to police reports, the Rock Hill Police Department K-9 units were also contacted to help track down the suspects. The York County Sheriff’s Office notified the residents who lived along Montgomery Road, using the reverse 911 system to inform as many people as possible about the manhunt.

The search continued well into Friday morning around 4 a.m., when police found John Devonte Harfield, 26, who was hiding near the Buster Boyd Bridge. Later that afternoon, police held a traffic stop on I-77 South. Searches lead to the arrests of 25-year-old Ted Lester Coit, who had outstanding warrants, and 22-year-old Deweondea Sade Gordon Peele. All three of the suspects are said to live on Cedar Creek Lane in Pineville, NC. Peele was arrested for driving with a suspended license and faces no additional charges at this time. 

However, Harfield and Coit were both arrested for grand larceny, burglary and criminal conspiracy charges. Since the investigation has been so ongoing, additional charges could follow at a later date. No other information is available to the public at this time.

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