Bank robbery suspect caught near NCSU

Raleigh police at the Wachovia bank on Hillsborough St.

May 11, 2011 4:36:34 PM PDT
Raleigh police have detained the suspect who robbed a downtown Raleigh bank near NC State's campus Wednesday.The robbery happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Wachovia Bank on Hillsborough Street.

EMS crews were called to the scene to check out some people who were inside the bank when the robbery took place, because they say it was a very stressful ordeal.

A man inside the bank says the suspect was pointing the gun at everyone inside the building.

"He pointed the gun at me and said get down," the eyewitness said. "He knew what he wanted, he was coming in there, (saying) 'give me the bottom drawer, give me this, give me that,' and throwing shopping bags at them."

The witness, who doesn't want to be identified, was one of only two customers inside the bank when it was robbed. He says his life flashed before his eyes as the gun was pointed at him.

"You're laying down there with this guy with a gun and you never know what's happening ... I'm an older guy and more calm, but the tellers were horrified," he said.

Horrified but compliant, the eyewitness says the robber took the bags of money from the tellers and ran out.

"I called 911 after he walked out the door," the witness said. "I called 911 and I gave them the description of the van."

The van with the alleged robber was apprehended just minutes later at the intersection of Wade Avenue and Scales Street. The driver crashed and was arrested on the spot.

"I was very happy to see that these punks should not be going around threatening peoples' lives," the witness said.

The suspect's name has not been released at this time.

The bank is currently closed.

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