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Hamlet Woman Accused of Hiding Shooter Turns Herself In

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HAMLET — A week after learning she had an outstanding warrant, a woman has turned herself in.

Nancy Ingram, of Hamlet, turned herself in at the Richmond County Magistrate’s office around 11 a.m. Saturday and was served by the Rockingham Police Department, according to Detective Capt. Randy Dover.

Ingram is charged with a single felony count of harboring a fugitive. Investigators believe she was helping 22-year-old Edward McNair Sloan — accused of shooting a man outside the Richmond County Soup Kitchen on Oct. 24 — hide prior to his arrest the following day. 

Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department say they went to Ingram’s home the morning of Oct. 25 looking for Sloan.

She commented on the Richmond Observer’s Facebook post announcing Sloan was wanted for the shooting, telling police not to come back to her home. The comment has since been deleted.

Officers returned later that day where they found Sloan following a 29-hour search.

A warrant for her arrest was issued Oct. 26, according to Dover. He said she could not be found that day.

Ingram posted on the Richmond Observer’s Facebook page Oct. 27 that she would be turning herself in.

She also made multiple posts on her own wall claiming her innocence and asking for bail money, complaining that someone lied about her involvement.

“GOD send your angels to cover me I haven’t did anything wrong.. FEED, CLOTHE PEOPLE THAT’S IT..,” she posted.

When the RO posted a story about police looking for her, Ingram again said that she would turn herself in the following day, but didn't.

She was booked into the Richmond County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

Sloan is accused of shooting another man in the parking lot outside the soup kitchen on Hamlet Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Investigators say he was only able to loose off one shot because another person at the scene swung at Sloan, knocking the gun from his hand. When it hit the ground, police say the magazine fell out.

The single bullet grazed the victim’s side and he was treated for his injury.

Deputies from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office helped Hamlet officers in the search for Sloan following the shooting. 

Investigators did not identify Sloan as the suspect until late the following morning.

About an hour and a half before his arrest, Sloan’s father, also named Edward Sloan, pleaded for his son to turn himself in.

Sloan is charged with one felony count each of attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was jailed under a $1 million secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 15.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show Sloan, who has the nicknames "Loose Screw" and "Chuggy Mack," was convicted on a felony charge of larceny after breaking and entering in 2016 and initially received a suspended sentence.

That probation was revoked the following year when he was convicted of larceny over $1,000.

He spent eight months behind bars, but was sent back a month after getting out. He was incarcerated for another nine months and was released Aug. 19, records show.

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