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Richard Eugene Pennell
Courtesy of Alexander County P2C website

Subject Of Friday Manhunt Apprehended Sunday Morning

42-year-old Richard Eugene Pennell was arrested Sunday (September 18) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. In addition, Pennell is charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.

According to reports, Pennell was the subject of a manhunt Friday morning (September 16) in Alexander County. The suspect was able to elude officers after he was spotted passing on a double yellow-line. According to online records, Pennell has a long list of previous arrests and convictions.

He ran on foot into a wooded area near Mountain Ridge Church Road and was thought to be armed. Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman says Pennell was arrested at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday not far from where he was last spotted Friday.

Pennell’s previous conviction dates range from 2003 to 2011. He was convicted on charges including possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of stolen goods, larceny, and possession of schedule VI controlled substance.

Following Sunday’s arrest, Pennell was jailed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a total bond of $156,200 secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in Taylorsville today (September 19).

[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]