Police say a routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a Hertford County man, wanted since 2002 on a felony charge of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Alonzo Dion Greene, 41, of 202 Boyette St., Murfreesboro, was arrested Monday at 11 a.m. after a Knightdale officer pulled him over for a traffic violation at the intersection of Knightdale Boulevard and Widewaters Parkway.
During the stop, the officer came across an outstanding arrest warrant for the offense Greene was charged with 13 years ago in Raleigh, said Knightdale police Chief Lawrence Capps.
“It was one of those situations that an officer happens to be in a right place at a right time and doing some proactive work,” Capps said. “For the past 13 years, (the suspect) has been able to skirt around the law and it finally caught up with him.”
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State records list the offense date as July 5, 2002 and indicate Greene lived on Smithfield Road in Knightdale at the time.
While Capps said simple, routine traffic stops often bring outstanding warrants to light, the chief said coming across one that is 13 years old is uncommon.
“We don’t see it very often, but it is something we saw with more regularity when the state switched over to the digital NCAWARE (NC Automated Warrant Repository) system, converting all those paper documents.”
Greene was released from the Wake County Detention Center about 2:30 p.m. Monday after posting $15,000 bond, a jail spokesman said.