By VAN HOLLAND
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
A Jan. 2 court date awaits 63-year-old Ibrahim Ibn Abu-nidal, a/k/a Mark Allen Jenkins, who was arrested Dec. 19 for allegedly robbing Tarboro Savings Bank on Dec. 13.
According to Tarboro Police Chief Damon Williams, police received a tip about Abu-nidal being a possible suspect, which led to the execution of a search warrant on his 102 Carney St. residence in Princeville Thursday where they found evidence that linked him to the crime.
"We got a tip that led us to the suspect," Williams said. "We feel confident that we have the right suspect and the evidence we have against him is overwhelming."
Police charged Abu-nidal with robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony possession of cocaine. He was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.
Williams said detectives will be in contact with federal authorities so they can try to prosecute him on a federal level.
On the day of the crime, Abu-nidal allegedly went into Tarboro Savings Bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and Abu-nidal left in an unknown direction. When detectives began investigating, they found Abu-nidal had shed a red Chicago Bulls hat and wig he was allegedly wearing.
Tips began to pour in to the department about suspects and when they took a look at Abu-nidal after receiving a tip on him, they realized that he could possibly be responsible.
"We had tips start rolling in and had several leads and one of the most reliable tips came in and we zeroed in on him," Williams said. "Good investigative work led to a search warrant and that led to further evidence that was found at his location. So we feel pretty confident that he is going to be our suspect."
According to Williams, once they started looking into Abu-nidal's background, they saw he had previously been convicted of a bank robbery in Fountain and had served 10 years in federal prison.
"The staff is to be given all the credit for the arrest, because they worked tirelessly on this case," Williams said. "This arrest goes to show how seriously we take these offenses. We don't rest until we have the individuals who pull a stunt like this in custody."
Abu-nidal has a lengthy criminal background that consists mainly of uttering a forged instrument in numerous counties throughout the state. He was first incarcerated in 1971 and has served time for multiple convictions of various crimes, which include a 1973 conviction in Edgecombe County for larceny of a motor vehicle. He has been convicted 30 times for uttering a forged instrument, 11 times for uttering and forgery, armed robbery and robbery with a dangerous weapon in 1976 as well as two convictions for larceny of a motor vehicle and escaped from jail twice.