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Chase, manhunt ends in arrest

Posted Monday, March 28, 2005

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Bonlee -- A Rowland man was arrested by Chatham County officers Sunday after a 15-hour manhunt that started with a high-speed chase down US 421, police said.

William Oscar Baker Jr., 21, was arrested at about 4 p.m. and charged with felonious possession of a stolen vehicle, felonious possession of a firearm by a felon, felonious breaking, entering and larceny and resist, delay and obstruction of an officer, authorities said.

Baker was arrested in the woods about two miles south of Bonlee, in southwest Chatham County, police reported.

The chase started at 3 a.m., when three men in a mini van refused to stop for officers as they sped down U.S. 421, police said. After 10 miles, the car crashed, and three black males ran into the woods, according to the report.

Officers said they began house-to-house searches and monitored traffic control points at every intersection. Baker was found in the woods off Bonlee School Road, they said.

Officers said they believe the three suspects were involved in a shooting in Greensboro Sunday morning and were intercepted by Chatham officers while fleeing that shooting. Police said Monday they feel the other two suspects are no longer in the Bonlee area and they're still searching for the other men.

Baker was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond.

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