A suspect believed to be armed and dangerous has yet to be arrested, three days after leading officers embarked on a high-speed chase in North Raleigh, the Wake County Sheriff said Monday afternoon, Gerald Baker.
Raequan Mudd, 24, is wanted for an alleged arson attack in Garner on December 16 and a shooting in Raleigh later that night.
Mudd was last seen in the Bent Tree Subdivision near Falls of Neuse Road, where he fled on foot Friday morning, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told News & Observer.
He is still considered armed, Baker said at a press conference Monday afternoon.
“We’re going to find it, there are no questions about it,” Baker said. “At some point he’s going to have to get some fresh air.”
On Friday morning, Mudd embarked on a high-speed chase with Wake sheriff’s deputies in North Raleigh as they attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant, The News & Observer reported.
The brief chase ended when Mudd crashed his SUV near the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Durant roads, then fled on foot after 10 a.m. The vehicle caught fire, which Raleigh firefighters extinguished. The SUV was owned by a friend of Mudd’s who gave him permission to use it, officials said.
After fleeing, Wake County MPs, Raleigh Police and a State Highway Patrol helicopter searched for Mudd.
Suspect on the run
Authorities tracked down Mudd on December 16 to arrest him after he allegedly set fire to his home in Garner on Old Cascade Drive.
Earlier in the afternoon, Mudd’s girlfriend ended their relationship. Their landlord gave them an eviction notice for not paying the rent on the Old Cascade Drive property.
Baker said investigators believed Mudd attempted to burn down the house in retaliation for the eviction notice and the end of the relationship, the sheriff said. The property suffered minor damage.
Later that night around 10 p.m., investigators say Mudd shot his ex-girlfriend’s parents in Raleigh’s house. No one was injured, authorities said.
Mudd would still be a threat to his ex-girlfriend, Baker said.
“We don’t want to have to look for him after he hurts someone, we want to try to find him first,” Baker said.
Rely on advice from the community
Since Friday, Mudd has been seen on a Raleigh resident’s security camera in the backyard overnight over the weekend.
MPs have followed “the advice and observations of the community” in the neighborhoods around Falls of Neuse, Honeycutt and Durant roads, Baker said.
“We still haven’t located him, but we’re pretty happy that he’s still in that area,” Baker said. “We don’t want anyone to be alarmed or feel unsafe because we are in the area.
Baker said he searched after midnight with his officers for the suspect himself.
“When the Sheriff’s Department was in my backyard and garden on Saturday night, they were very helpful,” Michelle Barrett, a resident of the Bent Tree Subdivision, told the N&O.
The neighborhood is generally very quiet and safe, said Barrett.
“(Sheriff’s deputies) even checked inside my garage at my request and gave me advice on how to protect myself and my family,” she said.
Authorities are asking anyone with advice to call 911 or the Wake County Sheriff’s Office at 919-856-6911.