DNA on duct tape to tie up robbery victim led to Plymouth man's arrest

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WITN) - The feds say an Eastern Carolina man was tied to a violent robbery thanks to him using his teeth to cut duct tape that tied up the victim.

William White, of Plymouth, will have to serve more than ten years in federal prison after his guilty plea to robbery.

Elizabeth City police arrested the 34-year-old man for the October 25th, 2016 robbery at Friendly Check Cashing. His case was eventually transferred to federal court.

The feds say as an employee was walking in a rear door, White pushed his way inside, pointing a handgun at the woman.

White threatened to shoot the employee if she didn't open the safe quickly, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office, who says White then pistol-whipped the woman.

They say White got away with $45,000 in cash from the business before tying up the woman with duct tape.

The feds say White used his teeth to tear the tape, and detectives later used a DNA sample from the torn tape to identify him.

White confessed when confronted, according to a news release.

In addition to a 10-year nine-month sentence, Federal Judge James Dever ordered him to be put on five years of supervised release when his prison sentence ends.