GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Police said they have filed more charges against the suspects in a Beaufort County Dollar General robbery that led to a standoff in Greenville. According to investigators, the suspects are responsible for a string of other robberies as well.
According to Sgt. Joe Friday of the Greenville Police Department, Adula Wali Allah, 55, a.k.a. "Linwood Duffie," and Kumetrius Friason, 16, are responsible for two armed robberies in Greenville: one at a Trade Wilco store on April 22 and another at Emerald City Business Services on April 30. The suspects also allegedly robbed a Family Dollar store in Winterville on April 28.
Police said the suspects' latest heist happened at the Dollar General in Chocowinity on Tuesday, between 12 and 12:30 p.m.
Chocowinity resident Marty Lichty said he saw the alleged robbers leaving the scene. "My boss was getting in the vehicle and I told him 'I think something just got robbed,'" said Lichty. He witnessed the suspects in a white Ford Explorer with a towel covering it's license plate. He says the towel fell off and that's when he called in the plate to police.
"We got enough information that we put out a BOLO, which is be on the lookout for, for the vehicle," said Chocowinity Police Chief Todd Alligood. That BOLO went out to Greenville Police.
After the robbery, the duo fled to the Carriage House apartment complex, on Charles Boulevard in Greenville, police told NewsChannel 12. Greenville Police located the pair after running the license plate through their automatic plate reading system. The system showed the plate had been seen around the area of the Carriage House apartments on April 10th.
Friason was arrested at the parking lot. But Allah barricaded himself in one of the apartments, leading to a three-hour standoff.
Ben Stocks said he lives one door down from the apartment that Allah was hiding in. He told NewsChannel 12 how he discovered the suspect and called police.
"I'm sitting there watching TV and my cable goes out and I don't understand why," said Stocks. "So I said, 'I'mma [sic] go outside, see why my cable was out,' and I pick my box up and there's a man inside my cable box. "
Stocks said he immediately informed police that Allah was hiding in his backyard.
"So I came back in my house and then I meet him half way in my kitchen," said Stocks. "And he's standing there, trying to give me money. I was like, 'I don't want your money. I want you out of here.'"
Allah was finally taken into custody at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Because he was considered armed, nearby buildings were evacuated, police said.
Cherry Friason , Allah's girlfriend and the teen suspect's mother, told NewsChannel 12 she had to watch her son get arrested.
"I am [scared] because he's only 16 and I'm a single parent. I have four children and I try to do the right thing," Friason said.
Fighting back tears, Friason shared her thoughts about the allegations against Allah and her son.
"I don't think he did it. I don't know what's going on. All I know is that they were looking for him and I know I love him," said Friason. "Sometimes you think you know a person, sometimes you don't. They're saying he's done all these things, so I don't know."
Allah and the teen suspect are each charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of felony conspiracy. In addition, Allah is charged with one count of breaking and entering.
Charles Boulevard was closed to traffic in both directions during Tuesday's standoff.