North Carolina

Walmart robbery suspect rams into deputy, then kills driver from Raleigh, NC cops say

A Raleigh man was killed after police say a fleeing robbery suspect crashed into his car in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an armed robbery at a Walmart in Porters Neck at about 10 a.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

The suspect’s vehicle was then stopped about 10 miles away from the store after 911 calls reported the car was moving “erratically and at a high rate of speed,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

During the stop, the suspect rammed a deputy’s car and then took off, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies chased the suspect, who the sheriff’s office said ran two red lights before crashing into another car.

The other driver, 51-year-old Sean Alan Evans of Raleigh, was thrown from his Jeep and police say he died at the scene, according to WECT.

The suspect, 39-year-old Thomas Willoughby, was arrested on Sunday, according to jail records.

Thomas Willoughby, 39, is charged with first-degree murder after police say he crashed into another car during a chase with police, killed the other driver. New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

Jail records show that he is charged with:

First-degree murder

Robbery with a dangerous weapon

Breaking or entering


Two counts of larceny anti-theft device

Driving while impaired

Robbery with a dangerous weapon conspiracy

Conspiracy misdemeanor

Hit/run serious injury/death

Speeding to elude arrest with aggravating factors

Exceeding posted speed

Reckless driving

Two counts of failure to stop for a red light

A passenger in the car who police identified as Amy Miles, according to the StarNews, is charged with aiding and abetting a person driving while impaired and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.