Granite Falls Police Catch Fugitive Wanted by the FBI

GRANITE FALLS, NC (August 20, 2017)…On Friday, August 18, 2017, Sgt. Kalem Kirby of the Granite Falls Police Department attempted to stop a moped operated by David Henderson Longwell, 34 of Miami, Florida on US 321 near North Highland Ave.

Sgt Kirby was attempting to stop the moped because of a registration violation. Longwell did not stop and was obviously evading Sgt. Kirby although his speed never got above thirty-five miles per hour.

Longwell drove his moped north on US 321 in the south bound lane eluding Sgt. Kirby. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office assisted Sgt. Kirby in the chase. Longwell traveled out the Lower Cedar Valley Road where he went off-road with the moped and then ran on foot. Sgt. Kirby and deputies chased Longwell and caught him well off the roadway.

Sgt. Kirby checked warrants on Longwell where they found he was wanted by the FBI in Miami for child pornography.

Sgt. Kirby arrested and charged Longwell with failure to register a vehicle, failure to display a registration plate, failure to stop for a blue light and siren and careless and reckless driving. Longwell received a $5,000 secured bond on the charges and is scheduled in District Court in Lenoir on September 21, 2017.

A hold was also placed on Longwell until the United States Marshall’s Service can transport Longwell to Miami, Florida to face child pornography charges.

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A Granite Falls Police Department Press Release