Two suspects are behind bars under hefty bonds, facing charges for four armed robberies over the past month.
Greenville police say 16-year-old Kumetrius Friason and 55-year-old Adula Allah, also known as Linwood Earl Duffie, both of Greenville were arrested Tuesday night at Carriage House apartments at 2445 Charles Boulevard in Greenville.
They're accused of the following armed robberies:
April 22: Trade Wilco, 612 SW Greenville Blvd.
April 28: Family Dollar, Winterville
April 30: Emerald City Business Services, Greenville Blvd.
May 21: Dollar General, Chocowinity
Both suspects are being held under a $750,000.
Greenville Police say a teenager is charged in the robbery of a Dollar General in Beaufort County Tuesday along with a 55 year old man. Police say 16 year old Kumetrius Friason and 55-year-old Adula Wali Allah, also known as Linwood Earl Duffy, both of Greenville were arrested Tuesday night at Carriage House apartments at 2445 Charles Boulevard in Greenville.
Following up on information from the Chocowinity Dollar General armed robbery Tuesday afternoon, Greenville police were on the lookout for a 1998 white Ford Explorer driven by Duffy. Police say the SUV was recorded on an automated license plate reader near Carriage House apartments back in April, so officers patrolled that area Tuesday afternoon and found the Explorer in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Officers say they saw Friason there and arrested him, and Duffy was seen running from the back of the apartment to another apartment, where he barricaded himself in to hide.
The Greenville Police Emergency Response Team, troopers, and Pitt County deputies responded.
Traffic on south Charles Boulevard was rerouted for about 3 hours during a search of the apartment complex. Police say about 5:45 p.m. Duffy was located in an apartment and arrested. Duffy is charged with armed robbery in Beaufort County and misdemeanor breaking and entering in Greenville. Friason is also charged with Tuesday afternoon's armed robbery in Beaufort County.
Police say more arrests and charges are possible.
A man wanted for several robberies is now in custody after a three hour standoff this afternoon in Greenville.
Around 5:30 p.m. police apprehended 55-year-old Adula Allah at the Carriage House apartments on Charles Boulevard.
Police said they have connected Allah to the Dollar General robbery in Chocowinity earlier on Tuesday, and other similar hold-up's in the east over the last few months.
Police said a 16-year-old potential accomplice was also in custody, but no word on any charges for that person.
Allah has a criminal record that dates back to 1977. In 1992 the man was convicted of being a habitual felon and was released from prison in 2011.
Police said a man they believe is connected to multiple dollar store robberies in the east has barricaded himself inside an apartment and is armed.
Greenville Police surrounded Carriage House apartments on Charles Boulevard around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday where they said 55-year-old Adula Allah is hiding out.
Police said they have connected Allah to the Dollar General store robbery in Chocowinity earlier on Tuesday, and other similar hold-up's in the east over the last few months.
Police said a 16-year-old potential accomplice is now in custody, but no word on any charges for that person.
Sgt. Joe Friday said investigators had been looking for a white S.U.V., believed to be linked to dollar store robberies. That vehicle was spotted in the Carriage House apartments area around April 10th and was captured on video at the Chocowinity robbery Tuesday.
Sgt. Friday said Allah 's girlfriend was seen making her way toward the white S.U.V. when police approached her, and Allah took off on foot and is currently hiding in what police believe is his girlfriend's apartment.
Police said those living in building 2445 have been evacuated and negotiators are on scene.
Police said they do not believe Allah has any hostages.
Online records show Allah has a criminal record that dates back to 1977. In 1992 the man was convicted of being a habitual felon and was released from prison in 2011.
On Tuesday afternoon, police surrounded an apartment building and blocked part of the road near the complex.
WITN's Dan Yesenosky is on scene as Greenville Police have a building at Carriage House apartments on Charles Boulevard surrounded and taped off.
Police have not released any information about why they are surrounding the building.
Part of Charles Blvd., from Oakmont Road to Red Banks Road is now blocked from traffic.
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