Authorities in Cumberland County, North Carolina, are hunting for a man who took to Facebook and announced he murdered someone before going on the run.
ABC News reports that Anthony Macneill, 32, took to Facebook, writing that he just killed someone and has no plans of turning himself in. He indicated that if he didn’t make it out of North Carolina, he planned to shoot himself.
The incident occurred on early Sunday morning when authorities received a call about a disturbance in the College Downs Subdivision, off of Wake Forest Road, in the northern area of Fayetteville. When deputies arrived to the scene, they discovered Eugene Racine, 47, had been fatally shot. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office indicated that Racine was the father of Macneill’s former girlfriend, Cindy Racine, who’s the mother of Macneill’s daughter.
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Mona Jones, Eugene Racine’s sister, told WRAL that the killing likely had something to do with jealousy and revenge. She also said that her brother took care of their father and saved the lives of other family members by standing up to Macneill.
“He died a hero today. He saved my niece and my father’s lives.
“He loved his girls, loved his family, never hurt anybody so this is kind of out of left field.”
Eugene Racine’s father, Francis Racine, said that the family filed a restraining order against Macneill a few days ago, but it hadn’t yet taken effect. He also stated that Macneill was trying to get to his infant daughter, but didn’t elaborate. He did, however, agree that his son was a hero.
“They had fought in the house and we had to pull them apart, my daughter and him. Two months ago they had a fight. Him and my son were into it out here. I guess that maybe that added up to the build up….By him coming out, he saved either Cindy or I from being shot at or both of us being killed. He’s a hero in my book.”
Francis added that looking back over the past few months, he could see how the past foreshadowed the current events. Not only were Eugene and Macneill constantly feuding, but the suspect had allegedly sent a number of threatening messages to his former girlfriend.
“The sheriff’s office has her telephone with all the text messages on it.”
Military police officers from Fort Bragg joined in to help Cumberland County sheriffs look for Macneill. They searched for the suspect all Sunday morning and afternoon, and continue to follow through with leads. Authorities sealed off around three miles of MacArthur Road and a portion of Wake Forest Road during the search, but didn’t find Macneill. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
Macneill returned to Facebook on several different occasions throughout the day. He updated his status a few more times, but never said or gave any hints to where he was hiding. He also responded to a few friends and family members, with many of them imploring him to turn himself in. He directed one of his posts towards his former girlfriend, claiming God spared her life.
In another post, he reminded his followers of his plans to “take himself out” if he couldn’t make it out of North Carolina, and wrote that he “kinda always knew” that he wouldn’t live to be 35. A few people on Facebook commented that they heard he already took his own life, but so far, police have not substantiated that claim, and it appears to be only a rumor.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Anthony Macneill is urged to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.
[Photo by Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office]