GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - UPDATE:
According to a tweet from Greenville Police this morning, Kenneth Dingle turned himself into police; Dingle was currently residing in Texas.
Greenville Police said they solved a 14-year-old cold case, thanks to the DNA profile formed off evidence at a private testing lab. They say this is the first case solved from the lab since its opening earlier this year.
Police said the case was an armed robbery from Valentine's Day in 2000 at a Belk Department Store in Greenville. Investigators said an employee was leaving the store to make a cash drop when a black male wearing a ski mask approached the store employee in the parking lot. The suspect then demanded the employee hand over the cash, and the suspect left the scene. A ski mask was found in the parking lot, said detectives.
Greenville Police had several leads but none that lead to an arrest. Earlier this year, detectives handed the evidence over to the Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis (CAFDA) in Greenville.
CAFDA ran the DNA from the mask through the national DNA database and a match was made to an out-of-state suspect.
On Monday, July 21, the US Marshals Task Force arrested 33 year-old Adrian Lincoln, of Washington D.C. Lincoln had previously been convicted and served a sentence for armed robbery in Maryland. He was transported to the Pitt County Detention Center.
Through interviews and tips, detectives also linked 34 year-old Kenneth Dingle, originally of Wilson, to the crime. At the time of the robbery, Dingle was a Belk employee. Dingle is still wanted at this time.
A grand jury indicted both suspects on one count of common law robbery and one count conspiracy to commit common law robbery each. The case is still under investigation and additional arrests are imminent.