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More Details In Arrest Of Man Who Fled From Caldwell County Officers
William Cornelius Gibbs, Jr.
courtesy of Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

More Details in Arrest of Man Who Fled from Caldwell County Officers

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s has released more information in the arrest of 36-year-old William Cornelius Gibbs, Jr. Gibbs was arrested by Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday (November 2) on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and speeding to elude arrest, as reported by WHKY the following day.

He was arrested when a Patrol Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a registration violation. Gibbs, who was driving, failed to stop and a vehicle chase ensued. Gibbs eventually stopped his vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area near Tablerock Road in Lenoir. During the pursuit, Gibbs was seen discarding a .25 caliber pistol and a bag containing approximately 26 grams of a white powdery substance believed to be Fentanyl. Deputies eventually took Gibbs into custody on the back deck of a nearby residence. Officers from the Lenoir Police Department, the U.S. Department of Probation & Parole, and the N.C. State Highway Patrol assisted in the arrest.

Shortly after Gibbs was taken into custody, Officers executed a search warrant at Gibbs’ residence on Northwood Place in Lenoir. Three firearms with ammunition were found and seized. The firearms included a semi-automatic rifle, a bolt-action rifle, and a semi-automatic handgun.

Gibbs, who is currently on Federal Probation for prior convictions, was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on November 22 in Lenoir. Gibbs also has Caldwell County court dates on felony drug charges coming up on December 2 and January 5.

Additional charges are pending.