Wilmington woman found guilty in New Year’s Eve robbery

Dekoya Evans (Photo: District Attorney's Office).

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman was convicted Wednesday of robbing a man, and pawning items she stole from him.

According to a release from the District Attorney’s Office, on December 31, 2017, Dekoya Danisha Evans, 33, went to a home on Long Leaf Drive and convinced the resident to give her money because she told him she could return a computer that was previously stolen from him. Evans took the victim’s money, left and returned two hours later with an unknown man. The man came up from behind the victim and choked him, as Evans ransacked the victim’s room and stole multiple items including three knives. Evans and the other suspect then left with the stolen items.

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The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office investigated and found Evans pawned two of the victim’s knives on January 3 and sold another knife on January 6. Investigators have not yet identified the other suspect in the robbery.

Evans was found guilty of Common Law Robbery and three counts of Obtain Property by False Pretenses. She was sentenced to up to two and a half years in prison followed by up to nearly two years. The judge also sentenced Evans to nearly two years suspended sentence and supervised probation when she gets out of prison. Evans was ordered to pay $135 to Jim’s Pawn.

Evans was previously convicted of common law robbery, obtain property by false pretenses, breaking into motor vehicles, simple assault and multiple felony drug convictions.