Robbery arrest after N.C. State chase leads to added charge in theft of NCSU rings

rgallagher@newsobserver.comDecember 11, 2012 

Michael Anthony Hinton

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

RALEIGH The arrest of an 18-year-old man Monday in the knifepoint robbery of a North Carolina State University student resulted in the same suspect being arrested for a late October theft that included seven N.C. State championship rings taken from a north Raleigh home.

University police charged Michael Anthony Hinton of 2910 Woods Place after a foot chase that led them and city police through university horticultural and physical plant facilities off Ligon Street and ended when Hinton ran into waiting officers, including captains from the Raleigh and NCSU departments, behind the Raleigh Police Department’s Southwest District station on Hutton Street.

The robbery happened outside apartments at the school’s E.S. King housing for graduate students on Jackson Street, NCSU police said. A student’s cell phone, wallet and headphones were taken, according to their arrest warrant charging Hinton with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

After he had been booked at the Wake County Detention Center, Raleigh police served Hinton with a warrant charging him with breaking and entering and larceny in an Oct. 29 theft from a home on Foxwood Drive in north Raleigh.

In that crime, seven N.C. State championship rings owned by a retired employee were taken along with several pieces of electronics, the arrest warrant stated.

Police reportedly had been looking for Hinton in connection with that case after getting information that they believed linked him.

Campus police said they are investigating whether to charge Hinton in other recent robberies with similar circumstances and suspect descriptions resembling him, they said.

The chase Monday ended when officers led by Raleigh Capt. Andy Murr and NCSU Capt. Ian Kendrick captured Hinton as he topped a ridge where pursuing officers had said he was headed.

In addition to the other charges, Hinton faces counts of resisting an officer, injury to real property in another incident, failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge and felony probation violation.

Hinton was held on a total bond of $225,000.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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