This is the kind of story that may never happen again. In fact, Angela Matthews still can't believe it really did.
"I'm still just shaking. It's so hard to believe," she said.
Through a bizarre coincidence, she happened to find the man York police were looking for in the shooting of her nephew, Demark Matthews.
Matthews was shot Sunday night inside his home on Autumn Place in York. Three children were there with him, when police said 47-year-old Anthony Lord forced his way inside, and shot Matthews twice in the neck and chest. As medics were carrying Matthews to an ambulance, he named Lord as the shooter.
York police started searching for Lord immediately, informing other police agencies in the Charlotte area, and putting his picture out on television and in newspapers.
The way they caught him is a story that's almost unbelievable. Angela Matthews and her mother were leaving Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Wednesday after visiting Demark Matthews.
She was driving home to York on South Tryon Street when she noticed a man walking on the road near Billy Graham Parkway.
"He was just walking. That's it. I told my mom, 'That looks like the guy,'" she said.
Angela Matthews made a U-turn and drove past the man five more times to be sure.
She stopped and called Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, still not totally sure it was him.
"I didn't know what to do. Other family members were telling me on the phone, if you think that's him, call," Angela Matthews said.
York police detectives and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers raced to South Tryon Street, where they arrested Lord, who was still walking down the street in the middle of the afternoon. At first, police said he denied who he was, until Charlotte's Violent Criminal Apprehension Unit showed up with a mobile fingerprint machine. He was quickly identified and arrested.
Angela Matthews was thrilled.
"I was just jumping up and down and screaming. They must have thought I was crazy in the McDonald's parking lot because I wouldn't stop screaming and jumping up and down," she said.
York police Detective Rich Caddell never expected in a million years to capture a suspect this way. All he could do was smile.
"We would love to say it's great when a plan comes together, but that's not what happened here," Caddell said. "this was about a family doing the right thing. It's an amazing coincidence."
Demark Matthews is conscious, out of the Intensive Care Unit and talking in a whisper after one bullet pierced his throat. Family members told him that Lord is off the streets.
Lord faces a charge of attempted murder. He's still in the Mecklenburg County jail on a $200,000 bond. He's expected to be transferred back to York County.