WAYNE COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Deputies are still looking for the person who robbed a Goldsboro Family Dollar at gunpoint after erroneously arresting and charging the wrong man for the crime.
Wayne County Sheriff's deputies initially arrested a man they suspected of the crime, but after further investigations, they now say Melvin Harvey Jr. did not commit the armed robbery and all charges have been dismissed.
Deputies said, the initial evidence pointed to Harvey, but with the assistance of his family and new evidence, it has been confirmed that Melvin Harvey Jr. did not commit this crime.
Captian Shawn Harris sent the arrest recall to media just before 4 p.m. Thursday. The initial arrest media release went out hours earlier at 11 a.m. with the arrest and charges for the wrong person.
Captain Shawn Harris with the Goldsboro Sheriff's Office said in the release, "As the investigation into this crime continued today, it has been determined that the last suspect IS NOT the person that committed this crime and the charges are being dismissed at this time. The initial evidence pointed to this suspect, but with the assistance of his family and new evidence, it has been confirmed that Melvin Harvey Jr. did not commit this crime. As new information comes forth in this case, we will send out another press release. This investigation is continuing forward."
The robbery happened on November 29th at the Family Dollar off Highway 117 in Mar Mac.
During that robbery, deputies said the store clerk was shot once. We're told the clerk has fully recovered and is doing well.