GPD: Texas fugitive, woman arrested after brief standoff

Richard Taft (Vinelink photo)

After a brief standoff, Greenville Police arrested a wanted fugitive from Texas in Greenville Tuesday night.

GPD spokesperson Kristen Hunter has Richard Taft, 28, was in an apartment at 3939 Sterling Point Drive. Police say he had multiple weapons, and is a convicted felon wanted for a robbery in Texas.

SWAT, along with the department's Violent Criminal Apprehension team, the Gun Violence Reduction Unit and the Emergency Reponse Team served the warrant, Hunter said. Taft tried to run out the back door of the residence and was eventually captured in the attic.

A Greenville Police officer said Richard Taft was arrested Tuesday night. Police told NewsChannel 12 they got word an alleged fugitive was living in an apartment in the Sterling Pointe Drive area. SWAT was called in to help police arrest Taft. Police said a woman, who has not yet been identified, was also arrested.

Officials said they found two stolen guns and heroin in the apartment where Taft was arrested. A third firearms was also located. Nobody was reported injured in the arrest.

Taft is charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and a count of possession of a stolen firearm. He was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center under no bond. Taft is awaiting extradition back to Texas.

Hunter said Wednesday morning that officers also arrested 31-year-old Adonica Barnes on more than a half-dozen felony and misdemeanor drug and weapons charges.

She is in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $335,000 secured bond.

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