Federal authorities charged 63-year-old Ibrahim Abu-Nidal, a/k/a Mark Allen Jenkins, with bank robbery for his actions in the Dec. 13 robbery of Tarboro Savings Bank. The state charges against Abu-Nidal have been dismissed.
"Most of the time when someone robs a bank they are charged on a federal level," Tarboro police spokesman Sgt. Al Braxton said. "They are charged federally because most banks are federally insured institutions."
Abu-Nidal was held at the Edgecombe County Detention Center, when federal authorities came and moved him to an undisclosed location Wednesday morning.
Tarboro police charged Abu-Nidal with robbery with a dangerous weapon Dec. 19 after he allegedly robbed Tarboro Savings Bank on Main Street.
Detectives working the case conferred with federal authorities and the federal agents decided to take over the case and charge Abu-Nidal with federal bank robbery.
This isn't Abu-Nidal's first time being charged on the federal level for bank robbery. According to the federal inmate locator website, he was released in Dec. 2010 under the name, Mark Allen Jenkins, after serving nearly 10 years for robbing a bank in Fountain.
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