UPDATE: Kinston police report Dionate Whiteson was arrested on Thursday after a traffic stop on Hwy. 70 West in Kinston. He was wanted by the Asheville Police Department for the 2020 homicide of Teylyn McAlphin and for Possession of a Stolen Firearm in Kinston. Whitson was taken into custody without incident and will be held in the Lenoir County Detention Center without bond, according to the police department’s Facebook page.


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The Kinston Police Department issued a notice on Facebook of a suspect in an Asheville murder who was seen there earlier this week.

Police said they were responding to a call of suspicious activity along the 500 block of Larkspur Road. They found a person who was later identified as Dionate Whitson, 21, of Asheville. Officials said Whitson ran away from police, tossing a gun in the process.

Officials said in the Facebook post that Whitson has a $10,000 reward for his arrest. He’s known to operate in the Greenville, Charlotte and Asheville area and may be living among homeless people.

Click the Facebook post to read more.