Raleigh neighborhood blocked off as police search for suspect

A tense scene unfolded in the middle of a Raleigh neighborhood Sunday afternoon
March 10, 2014 8:00:17 AM PDT
A tense scene unfolded in the middle of a Raleigh neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

For five hours, dozens of police officers and even the SWAT team packed the area around Poplar Street and Blount Street, just off Capital Boulevard. Authorities went so far as to warn homeowners to stay inside.

Police have not released many details, just that they were trying to arrest someone and that the person was still on the loose. As far as what they are wanted for, police said possibly a misdemeanor but residents think it is more.

"It makes me feel skeptical that you would have such a large force of police for a misdemeanor," said Molly Anderson.

Anderson is one of many residents in the area whose Sunday out in the warm weather was disrupted by law enforcement lining Blount Street starting at Cedar Street.

"About 20 police cars, in the area and we saw members of the SWAT team with their guns out," Anderson said.

Her view was better than the media's, who were kept at a distance outside of the police barricade. Those inside the barricade were being told to stay indoors.

"I'd gone out to spread mulch in my yard and the policeman asked me to go back into the house, he said there's been an incident," said Jane Thompson.

"I asked the cop what's going on and he said stay inside your house and keep those doors locked," added Jay Blevins.

Eyewitnesses told ABC11 they watched as police, for five hours, seemed to comb the area looking for someone. Where exactly the suspect was being cornered initially has not been confirmed, but residents were told it stemmed from a home on Poplar Street adjacent to the stretch of Blount Street, and an area most people say you would never see this happen.

"We live in a safe neighborhood and when you see something like that it's startling and upsetting, makes you wonder what's going on," Anderson said.

No information has been released on the suspect, but police say the person is still on the loose.

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