NEW INFO: Wanted Ayden Teen In Custody

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

An Ayden teen, wanted for the November robbery of a Lenoir County family where there was gunfire, has been nabbed in Greenville.

Lenoir County deputies say Walter Cooley was arrested Friday night in Greenville. Last week deputies alerted the public that they were looking for the 16-year-old for the November 27th armed robbery of a family on Hugo Church Road.

Deputies say Cooley was questioned and confessed to his part of the crime. Six people robbed the man and his wife, getting into the home on the pretext of receiving a tattoo. They got away with the man's tattoo equipment, worth some $2,000 and one said "Merry Christmas" as they left the home. Deputies say as they were heading away one shot was fired toward the home.

Deputies expect to make more arrests in the case soon and they believe Cooley is involved in similar crimes in the area as well.

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A wanted teenager from Pitt County is now in custody, according to jail records.

Walter Cooley, 16, was wanted in connected to the armed robbery of a family on Hugo Church Road in Lenoir County in November. Lawmen announced last week that they were searching for Cooley, and his last known address was in Ayden.

It's not clear where lawmen arrested Cooley, but he remains behind bars in the Lenoir County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 13 on one charge each of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Previous StoryThe search is on for a teenager who authorities say helped rob a family at gunpoint.

16-year-old Walter Cooley, who last lived in Ayden, is wanted for the November 27 robbery on Hugo Church Road in Lenoir County.

Deputies say Cooley and five others robbed the family of four at gunpoint. Deputies in December they got a warrant charging Cooley with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy. They say he is considered armed and dangerous.

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