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Witness's tip helps nab standoff suspects charged with 4 armed robberies

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Two men arrested after a standoff in Greenville have now been charged in connection with four armed robberies in the area.

55-year-old Adula Wali Allah, better known as Linwood Duffie, and 16-year-old Kumetrius Friason were arrested were taken into custody after a standoff at the Carriage House apartment complex Tuesday afternoon.

We talked to the witness who saw one of the robberies happen. He says he noticed a white Ford Explorer with the license plate covered by a black rag. He then saw a man run across the street, and says the explorer then sped off and picked that man up. The witness then saw the explorer again without the cover on the tag and called it in to police. Police were able to track the tag in Greenville which sparked the standoff.

Both suspects are now facing four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of felony conspiracy. Police say they're charged in connection with the following armed robberies:

04/22/13: Trade Wilco at 612 SW Greenville Blvd.

04/28/13: Family Dollar in Winterville

04/30/13: Emerald City Business Services at 703 SE Greenville Blvd.

05/21/13: Dollar General in Chocowinity

Both men are in the Pitt County Detention Center under $750,00 bonds.

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After a standoff that lasted several hours, Greenville Police have taken into custody the man believed to have robbed a Chocowinity Dollar General Tuesday.

It all happened at the Carriage House apartment complex in Greenville starting around 2pm. That's just across the street from Kangaroo Express and Fitness Connection.

Charles Blvd. was blocked both ways for hours.

Nearby apartments were evacuated as a security precaution while the scene unfolded.

Greenville Police, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office and NC Highway patrol were on scene. The Greenville police Emergency Response Team surrounded the apartment with guns drawn.

Officers cornered 55-year-old Adula Wali Allah, better known as Linwood Duffie, inside one of the apartments. They believe he could have played a part in several other robberies around Pitt County.

Tactical negotiators responded to the scene. They said there were no hostages inside the apartment with Allah. They tried to talk to him through a bag phone. They used pole camera, and a robot with a mounted camera to search the apartments.

While searching they found and arrested 16-year-old Kumetrius Friason. Chocowinity police believe he robbed the Dollar General with Allah.

We talked to Ben Stocks who found Allah hiding in his cable utility box behind his apartment. Stocks says the cable went out in his house. When he walked out to see why, he found Allah in the box. He says Allah tried to pay him to keep quiet.

Finally police arrested and escorted Allah to a squad car.

Both men are being charged with armed robbery. Allah is also facing 1 count of misdemeanor breaking & entering in Greenville. Police are still investigating if the pair was involved in any other robberies in the area. They say more charges could be on the way.

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