Man charged in 2010 kidnapping
Sheriff says DNA leads to arrest
Sarah Willets Staff writer
LUMBERTON — DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a Shannon man in the kidnapping and robbery of an elderly Lumber Bridge couple that occurred in 2010, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Wilson and an agent from the State Bureau of Investigation arrested 53-year-old David Chavis, of Ireland Drive, on Monday afternoon in Hope Mills. Chavis is charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, larceny of a firearm, larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking into a motor vehicle, attempted felony larceny and attempted breaking and entering, Sealey said.
According to Sealey, Chavis saw Eliza Bullard, 89 ears old at the time, and Elroy Bullard, 88, leave their home at about 11:20 a.m on Aug. 10, 2010. They returned to their N.C. 20 address a few minutes later and were forced into their home at gunpoint by Chavis, Sealey said.
He reportedly tied the pair up, used duct tap to bound them to chairs and then robbed them of jewelry, a television, weapons, their car and other items, Sealey said.
The Bullards freed themselves after he left and called the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at about 11:44 a.m., Sealey said.
Several items from the home were sent to the SBI for DNA testing. Results that were returned to the Sheriff’s Office in June matched Chavis, Sealey said.
Chavis is being held at the Robeson County Detention Center on $200,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing.
Chavis was placed on probation in 2009 following several charges for possessing or manufacturing fraudulent IDs and felony possession of stolen goods.
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