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For Immediate Release

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November 10, 2016 Brandon Taylor, Senior Inspector
Eastern District of North Carolina (919) 835-6181
Clayton Felon Apprehended After Eluding Authorities for Months
Clayton, NC - Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the arrest of Michael Wood, 41, in Clayton on Wednesday, Novermbe 9th. Wood was wanted on multiple charges, including kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

Wood’s crimes began in March, when it is alleged that he restrained, confined, and assaulted a female victim by striking her in the face and body, inflicting serious injury. As a result, the Clayton Police Department obtained arrest warrants charging Wood with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and second degree kidnapping.

On Sept. 13, the Clayton Police Department attempted to arrest Wood at his residence in Clayton. As officers approached, Wood allegedly attempted to ram the vehicle the officers were occupying and led the Clayton Police Department, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase in which he was able to get away. As a result, the Clayton Police Department obtained arrest warrants charging Wood with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and fleeing to elude arrest.

U.S. Marshals and the Clayton Police Department launched an extensive fugitive investigation in an attempt to locate and apprehend Wood. On Wednesday evening, law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Clayton Police Department and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wood at his residence on Will Court. During the arrest, Wood barricaded himself in a closet with a loaded 12 gauge shotgun. Wood now faces additional charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Wood is currently being detained at the Johnston County Jail without bond.

“I would like to thank the men and women of the Clayton Police Department; Johnston County Sheriff’s Office; North Carolina State Highway Patrol; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and U.S. Marshals for their diligent efforts to swiftly apprehend this alleged violent predator,” said Scott J. Parker, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina. “The interagency efforts displayed during this investigation are a great example of what can be accomplished when federal, state and local law enforcement agencies work together in pursuit of justice for the innocent.”

U.S. Marshal task forces combine the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the most dangerous fugitives. Last year, U.S. Marshals arrested more than 99,000 state and local fugitives.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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