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Crime Wave in Monkey Junction

Posted on | June 15, 2024 | 1 Comment

You’ve never heard of Monkey Junction?

Monkey Junction is an unincorporated area near Wilmington, North Carolina, United States, in New Hanover County at the intersection of College Road (NC 132) and Carolina Beach Road (US 421). . . .
The intersection has been known as “Monkey Junction” for almost seventy years, due to a gas station that was located there from the late 1930s through the mid-1970s. The station, run by Dina and Jack Spindle, kept live monkeys in order to attract customers from a bus that passed by on the way to and from Carolina Beach, which lies several miles south of the junction. The bus driver would stop near the station and announce “Monkey Junction.”

The area has seen phenomenal growth. In the 1970s, the population of New Hanover County — including Wilmington — was barely 80,000; it’s now nearly triple that. Now that you know the history of Monkey Junction, let’s bring you up-to-date on the current state of affairs:

Two in custody after high-speed chase and crash ending in Monkey Junction
Two people have been taken into custody after a pursuit that ended with a crash in Monkey Junction at around 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, according to the Carolina Beach Police Department.
Treyquan Levar Tilghman, 20, of Castle Hayne, and Denesha Elane McKoy, 19, of Wilmington were arrested in connection to the crash, according to a Carolina Beach Police Department spokesperson.
According to a CPD spokesperson, several people including a pedestrian were injured in the crash and taken to the hospital. They are currently in stable condition.

Treyquan Tilghman (left) and Denesha McKoy (right)

Treyquan Tilghman is a one-man crime wave and you will perhaps not be surprised to learn that the vehicle he was driving had been stolen. Although he is only 20 years old, I was able to discover at least two previous arrests for Tilghman, including a February 2023 larceny arrest in Pender County. He is a convicted felon, and this chase from Carolina Beach to Monkey Junction added numerous other charges:

Tilghman was charged with the following:

• Fleeing to elude with motor vehicle
• Possession of stolen motor vehicle
• Two counts of felony hit and run causing injury
• Reckless driving to endanger
• Speeding
• Driving while license revoked
• Failure to stop-steady red light
• Unlawful use of highways
• Improper passing on the right
• Resist, delay, and/or obstruct a public officer
• Possession of Schedule VI (marijuana)
• Possession of marijuana paraphernalia

Tilghman was also served with nine outstanding orders for arrest and warrants for arrest in incidents not in Carolina Beach with the following:

• Three counts of felony probation violation
• Fleeing to elude with motor vehicle
• Driving while license revoked
• Aggressive driving
• Break and enter to terrorize
• Misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
• Battery on an unborn child
• Larceny of a motor vehicle

They have thrown the proverbial book at him this time, and there is reason to expect that Treyquan Tilghman will spend a few years in prison before getting another chance to continue his felonious ways.

One local resident is dismayed by the recent crime wave:

Courtney Engel, who works at J. Michael’s Philly Deli near the site of the crash, said she grew up in the Monkey Junction area. She said crimes like this are starting to become more frequent.
“It’s crazy. I grew up here and it was never like this and now it’s everywhere, all the time,” Engel said. “Now, you have to be careful anywhere you go. And it’s crazy we have to think like that, but you have to be careful anywhere you go.”

Be careful anywhere you go in Monkey Junction!


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One Response to “Crime Wave in Monkey Junction”

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