EDENTON — Edenton police are calling a man arrested Saturday on a weapons charge a “person of interest” in an armed robbery the same night.
Dwight Coston, 31, of 402 N. Granville St., Edenton, was arrested after police found him behind X-Mart with a gun, police Chief Jay Fortenbery said.
Coston was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, wearing a mask in public, and resisting arrest. He was jailed in lieu of a $11,000 secured bond.
Prior to Coston’s arrest, a robbery was reported at a residence in the 400 block of East Queen Street, just east of Edenton’s downtown.
Police said a black male suspect forced his way into the residence while an occupant was leaving, pulled out a handgun, demanded money and ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police said the robbery occurred at approximately 10 p.m. An effort to track the suspect using a K-9 unit ended a block from the residence.
The suspect was described as 5-feet, 9-inches tall, with a medium build and possibly having a mustache. Police said the suspect was wearing a black hooded jacket with black pants.
So far, Coston has not been charged in the robbery or named as a suspect. However, Fortenbery did describe him as a “person of interest” in the robbery.
The Edenton Police Department is offering a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the identity and arrest of the suspect.
Anyone with any information about the robber is urged to phone Edenton Police Sgt. Laura Wilkins at 482-9884 or 482-5144. Information from callers will be held in confidence.