SPENCER, N.C. -- Police arrested a suspect wanted for a Rowan County homicide.

The Spencer Police Chief says Rodney Roberto Wallace, 47, was taken into custody Thursday in Wrightsville Beach.

Police began a death investigation on Wednesday after a woman was found dead in the 700 block of Fourth Street in Spencer. She s been identified as Toney Ann Johnson.

Multiple nearby schools were placed on lockdown as police investigated.

The Salisbury Post reports Johnson is Wallace s ex-wife.

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