The theft of this motorcycle became a subject of DNA tracing, Forsyth County deputies said.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

DNA spells arrest in Craigslist motorcycle robbery ‘cold case’

It’s not unheard of for someone to be robbed after arranging a rendezvous on Craigslist.

However, it is unusual to hear of a Craigslist suspect being arrested through DNA evidence in a type of “cold case,” as reported by Channel 2 Action News.

Forsyth County authorities have charged a Douglas County inmate in a 2017 motorcycle theft that was set up on Craigslist.

“Even though this case is 13 months old,” sheriff’s spokesman Doug Rainwater said, “we kept working on it.”

Akintunde Abayomi (Photo: Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office)

The owner posted the Italian-made Aprilia RSV, which can go nearly 170 mph, the station reported. Two men answered.

“As one guy pulled out a helmet, the other guy pulled out a gun,” Rainwater said. “Now this has become an armed robbery.”

One of the men jumped on the bike and sped off. The other drove off in a car, with the victim firing at him.

Deputies decided not to pursue, due to the speed potential of the motorcycle, Channel 2 reported.

Eventually, DNA evidence led investigators to Akintunde Abayomi, who was charged with armed robbery.

“Because of the DNA,” Rainwater said, “we were able to put one of these two in jail for this crime.”

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