FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A 45-year-old man is under arrest after the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said he was armed with a gun when he approached two people at an elementary school and then led deputies on a chase.
The sheriff’s office said the series of events began just after 6:30 a.m on Thursday when school resource officers were called to Sherwood Park Elementary School, located at 2115 Hope Mills Rd., in response to a person with a gun.
Witnesses told deputies the suspect was acting erratically when he approached a school employee as she sat in her car.
The employee moved her vehicle to another parking lot which led the suspect to a man delivering milk.
The suspect pointed a handgun at the milkman, the sheriff’s office said.
Suspect: “Who are you?”
Milkman: “I’m delivering the milk.”
The delivery driver then called 911.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect rifled through a vehicle in the parking lot before following the milk delivery drive down Hope Mills Road.
Deputies caught up with the suspect near Cumberland Mills Elementary School.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect drove off and a chase ensued.
Deputies followed the vehicle to Interstate-95 before they lost the suspect.
Witness descriptions allowed detectives to identify the suspect as 45-year-old Kevin Lamonte Imes, of Windingwood Drive in Hope Mills.
Just after 11 p.m. Thursday, a caller said a person was acting suspiciously off Highway 87.
Deputies pulled over the vehicle and arrested the driver, identified by the sheriff’s office as Imes.
Imes was charged with possession of a weapon on school campus, assault by pointing a gun and carrying a concealed weapon.
Imes was booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center where he received a $20,000 secured bond.
Imes will have a first appearance on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
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