The Pinehurst Police Department was notified on Monday morning of a residential breaking and entering in progress on Kilbride Drive in the Pinewild neighborhood. The suspect initially knocked on a rear door and then entered the residence.

Once inside, the homeowner confronted the suspect and the suspect ran out the back door and fled on foot. Pinehurst police officers immediately responded and set up a containment perimeter around the suspect’s last known location, according to a news release from Pinehurst Police Chief Phipps.

Foxfire Police Chief Chad Shue and his K-9, Karma, and Officer Daniel Ritter were called in under mutual aid to assist with the search for the suspect. Thanks to Karma’s tracking skills, officers were able to identify the route the suspect was taking towards the Pine Valley community.

An alert Taylortown officer identified the suspect as he was leaving the neighborhood in a green Dodge Durango. The combined mutual aid teams of the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, the Taylortown Police Department, and Pinehurst Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near the intersection of Hwy 211 and Hoffman Road.

The suspect actively resisted and assaulted the officers on scene, but was taken into custody following a brief physical encounter. Neither the suspect nor the officers were injured.

The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old William Kristopher Robinson of the 100 block of Cooper Park, Eagle Springs. Mr. Robinson was charged with 5 counts of Assault on a Government Official, 1 Count of Resisting, Delaying and Obstructing a Public Official, and 1 Count of Felonious Breaking and Entering of a Residence.

Mr. Robinson is currently residing in the Moore County Detention Center awaiting trial under a $50,000 secured bond.

Chief Phipps thanked the Foxfire Police Department, the Taylortown Police Department, and the Moore County Sheriff’s Office for their prompt, professional teamwork and dedication to duty during this incident in the news release.

“Teamwork is the key to keeping all of our communities safe and secure,” said Chief Phipps.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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