Manhunt underway after 3 Wells Fargo branches, another bank were robbed in Wake County

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Manhunt continues for suspects in four bank robberies
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The manhunt continued Tuesday night for the two suspects in four Wake County bank robberies. Michael Perchick has the latest.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Police officers are trying to hunt down two people connected to a string of four bank robberies Tuesday

The Raleigh Police Department confirmed the robberies and said officers were searching for the suspects in the area near an abandoned Ford Mustang on Centennial Parkway near NC State University.

The first robbery happened at the Wells Fargo on Fairview Road. The second happened at the Wells Fargo on Clark Avenue in Cameron Village. The third happened at the Wells Fargo at 305 Colonades Way in Cary.

Cary Police told ABC11 that the robbers struck the Cary branch at 1:10 p.m. Bank employees told officers that a man demanded money from the teller and left the bank without displaying a weapon. No one was hurt.

Cary Police tried to intercept the suspect vehicle but the suspects in the Mustang led officers on a chase before ditching the burned-out car and slipping away from officers.

Raleigh police officers are reportedly looking for two people seen running away from the Mustang.

Early Tuesday evening, police had the charred Mustang towed away. Authorities remained tight-lipped about the investigation.

"We have a lot of work to do," a Raleigh police spokesman at the scene said. "Obviously, as you know, there were several bank robberies within a close time period in several jurisdictions, and so we need to work with these other jurisdictions before we release anything out that might compromise the investigation."

N.C. State University Police were notified by RPD that the two suspects fled on foot toward Centennial Campus from a traffic stop in the Mission Valley parking lot, the university said in an alert to students.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Raleigh Police at (919) 831-6311 or University Police at (919) 515-3000.

School officials advised students and others on campus to take caution. Safety Escort Services and public transportation are available as alternatives to walking. Individuals can contact Safety Escort Services at (919) 515-3000.

Later, Morrisville Police announced that they were investigating a robbery at First Horizon Bank, 9632 Chapel Hill Road.

The suspect was described only as a white man in dark clothing, wearing a red hat. He made off with an undetermined amount of money. No one was injured.

Morrisville officers said someone matching the same description was sought in reference to the two bank robberies in Raleigh and the one in Cary.

Anyone with information on the Morrisville case is asked to call Detective Kent Powell at (919) 625-1846.

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