CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – While one man's alleged attempt to get revenge landed him in the New Hanover County jail, another man mistakenly thought he was one of the intended victims.
Undercover agents with the Carolina Beach Police Department said Arthur Newsome Pedersen told them he needed to do a "dirty deed." Pedersen allegedly told officers he was going to kill two people – a female who had "wronged him" and a man who was staying with the woman. Police believe Pedersen was jealous.
What was Pedersen's chosen weapon of death? A fork.
Dave Schultz, a painter in Carolina Beach, believed he was Pedersen's target, because he had recently stayed with the woman Pedersen wanted.
"I was shocked, surprised that somebody I really don't know that well would show up and do something like that," said Schultz.
Schultz said he was scared that Pedersen might get out of jail and cook up another plot. However, Carolina Beach detectives confirmed on Thursday that Schultz was never the intended target. They say Pedersen was actually after another man, Anthony Debnam, who had also recently stayed with the same woman.
According to police, Pedersen planned to kill Debnam and Monica Beeker with a fork, and even knew how he was going to escape.
Pedersen was a regular at the Fat Pelican bar in Carolina Beach, where the owner said he was surprised to learn about the murder plot, but not as surprised as one would think. He was involved in a similar situation two years ago.
"I found out some guy had taken a contract out to have me killed," said owner Danny McLaughlin.
That plot, involving a different man, was also foiled by law enforcement after a bizarre series of events.
In the latest murder plot to be foiled in Carolina Beach, it appears police may have once again stepped in just in time.
Pedersen is in the New Hanover County Regional Jail on a $500,000 bond.