NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Jairo Checo, the suspect accused of taking his wife and one-year-old twins hostage and leading police on a chase through parts of Wilmington and New Hanover County in February, has been indicted on several charges by a New Hanover County grand jury.
According to officials, Checo called police from his brown GMC Terrain around 5:20 a.m. February 12. In the 911 calls, Checo was heard telling dispatchers he planned to kill his family members.
Authorities rushed to the scene at Second and Chestnut streets and pursued Checo’s vehicle throughout the city and county for more than an hour.
Officials from the WPD, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Patrol and EMS were all involved in the pursuit.
Police say the vehicle eventually headed towards the Wilmington Police Department and stopped at the rear of the headquarters. Checo exited the vehicle and refused to comply with officers. Multiple shots were fired by Wilmington police officers, but no one was hit. A WPD officer was placed on administrative leave following the incident, which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.
Checo was then taken into custody. Officers found Checo’s wife and children unharmed in the backseat of his vehicle. There were no injuries reported during the incident.
Checo is facing numerous charges in New Hanover and Brunswick counties.
According to the District Attorney’s office, Checo has been indicted on:
- Three counts of first-degree kidnapping
- Three counts of second-degree kidnapping
- Two counts of misdemeanor child abuse
- One count of assault on a female
- One count of assault by strangulation
- One count of felony flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle
- One count of felony assault with deadly weapon on government official
- One count of felony first degree trespassing
According to police, Checo told dispatchers during the chase his wife was having an affair with a WPD officer. Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said there’s an investigation into whether the unnamed officer was having an affair with Checo’s wife. That officer could face disciplinary action if the allegations are found to be true.