Last updated: March 18. 2014 7:28AM - 1876 Views
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Nicholas McNeill
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LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg man and his girlfriend were charged Friday night when they resisted arrest after officers found a concealed weapon in the couple’s possession, according to the Laurinburg Police Department.


Nicholas McNeill, 21, of Hall Street, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony assault on a law enforcement officer, resist, delay and obstructing an officer and communicating threats. He is being held in the Scotland County jail on a $40,000 secured bond.


India Hayes, 22, of 519 Atkinson St., is charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer and carrying a concealed weapon. She was placed under a $1,500 bond.


According to Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms, officers were patrolling the East Covington Street area when they “heard a disturbance” coming from a vehicle located on South Caledonia Road.


According to a statement, Police Cpl. Timothy Wilkerson, officer Denetric Williams and Lt. Chris Strickland approached the vehicle saw McNeill and Hayes involved in an argument and smelled marijuna. Officers pulled the couple out of the vehicle and began searching for the drug.


Wilkerson shouted that he found a gun and the officers told McNeill and Hayes to put their hands behind their backs but Hayes pushed away one of the officers, said that she didn’t do anything wrong, and began to stuggle.


Stickland then pushed Hayes against a police car and McNeill became agitated at Strickland and spit at him, according to the statement.


Strickland took McNeill to the ground after he attempted to spit on him a second time. McNeill was handcuffed and placed in the back of Williams’ patrol car and McNeill threatened Wilkerson, according to the statement.


Rachel McAuley can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 15. Follow her on Twitter @rachelmcauley1.

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