Kenly Robbery Suspect Captured

A man police said had been on the run for three months after committing a holdup in Kenly has been apprehended.

On September 8th, Kenly Police said a gunman entered the Kenly 95 Petro at 923 Johnston Parkway and ran behind the counter. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money then fled.

Through an investigation, Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson identified the suspect as Donnell Jerome Alford, also known as Donnell Jerome Sanders of Canterbury Road, Smithfield.

Warrants were obtained for his arrest charging him with robbery with a dangerous weapon and a reward was offered by the Kenly 95 Petro.

On Dec. 8th, exactly three months after the robbery,  Smithfield Police located Alford walking in the 1100 block of Massey Street and took him into custody.

Alford was held under a $1.25 million bond.

Chief Gibson thanked the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and Smithfield Police for their assistance in the investigation and apprehension of the suspect.

Alford has a lengthy criminal record. In 2013 he was sentenced to 2 years in prison after being convicted of stealing cell phones from 4 people and shoes from a 5th victim. In 2012 he was charged with shoplifting brandy from the Selma ABC Store. And in 2010 he was arrested after Selma Police said he stole a tip jar containing $14.68 from the Waffle House.