Dec. 2, 2006
The investigation of an armed robbery that occurred Nov. 17, 2006 on the UNC Wilmington campus led to arrest warrants being issued for UNCW student Ryan David Mills, 20, of 4500 Crawdad Court, Wilmington, and a second suspect, Peyton Brooks Strickland, 18, of 417 Brighton Road, Durham. A search warrant was also issued for 533 Long Leaf Acres Drive in Wilmington.
The warrants charged Mills and Strickland with armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering of a vehicle for the Nov. 17th assault and robbery of UNCW student Justin Raines, who was robbed of two Sony Playstation 3s he had purchased at WalMart.
Due to jurisdictional limitations and safety concerns, UNCW Police Chief David Donaldson contacted the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department and requested assistance in serving the warrants at 533 Long Leaf Acres Drive Friday, Dec. 01, 2006.
Ryan Mills was arrested at the scene and the UNCW investigation into the armed robbery and assault is on going.
The State Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney's Office are investigating a shooting that occurred during the serving of the warrants. The UNCW Police department is cooperating in the shooting investigating.
Assistant to the Chancellor, Marketing and Communications
November 17, 2006
Chief David M. Donaldson
RE: Armed Robbery
At 12:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, four white men in a gold colored sedan robbed a UNCW student of the two Playstations he had just purchased at Walmart. As the student was removing the items from his trunk, he was approached by one man, between 18 and 20 dressed in dark clothing, who hit him repeatedly with a six-inch blunt object, knocking him to the ground. A second individual took the second Playstation, and they drove off. This incident occurred on the campus of UNCW in "GG" Lot, which is located between Suite "R" and Building 6 of Seahawk Village Apartments. Anyone with information regarding this incident or knowledge of individuals in posession of a Playstation 3 without proof of purchase should contact Detective D. Cook with UNCW Police at 962-2222, anonymously at 962-TIPS (8447), or on line at www.uncw.edu/police/
UNCW community members are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to University Police at 962-2222, anonymously at 962-TIPS (8447), or on line at www.uncw.edu/police/