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Durham police try to identify attempted robbery suspect

Posted September 3, 2010

— Durham police say they are trying to identify a man who attempted to rob a bank in southern Durham Thursday morning.

A man driving a white work van pulled into the drive-thru at First Citizens Bank at 7101 Fayetteville Road around 10 a.m. and demanded $5,000 from the teller, police said. The man did not show a weapon and fled when the teller refused to give him any money.

The suspect was described as a thin white man with light hair (sandy, gray or brownish in color) and possibly a thin mustache. He was wearing a white hat and a neon green long sleeve jacket.

Police said they are looking into the possibility that this incident is connected to an assault and vehicle theft that occurred earlier Thursday in the Falconbridge subdivision off N.C. Highway 54.

Officers were dispatched to Dartford Court after a woman told officers two men approached her and demanded her vehicle. The men tried to force her into her vehicle and struck her several times on the head with a gun when she refused, police said. The men were unable to get the vehicle keys and fled on foot.

The suspects were described as white men and the description of one of the suspects was similar to the description of the suspect in the attempted bank robbery, according to police. The woman was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for treatment of head and hand injuries.

A short time later, officers responded to a report of a stolen 2005 Chevrolet Express van on Tottenham Court in Falconbridge. The van with North Carolina license DA-9408 had not been recovered Thursday evening. The van, which has a ladder rack on top, is similar to the description of the vehicle used at the bank.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call Investigator Byrd at 919-560-4415, ext. 29309, Investigator Wheeler at 919-560-4583, ext. 29370 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • nikbrow Sep 3, 2010

    This guy has writing all over his clothes AND they have a picture of the back of the van. On CSI, they would be blowing these pictures up to get more info????

  • kbrianf Sep 3, 2010

    No, can't seem to win at all. Oh, well.

  • cth1 Sep 3, 2010

    "Eight comments on this and NONE of them bash Durham? As a Durham resident who has become accustomed to name-calling, I don't understand. . . .kbrianf"

    Just be happy no one is bashing Durham and quit asking for it. This story is just tooo funny to worry about bashing the city. (except the part about the woman that was injured)

  • shortcake53 Sep 3, 2010

    I guess you just cant win, huh kbrian?

  • kbrianf Sep 3, 2010

    Eight comments on this and NONE of them bash Durham? As a Durham resident who has become accustomed to name-calling, I don't understand. . . .

  • IdoN0TliveinDurham Sep 3, 2010


    golo desperately needs less feuding and more comics. thanks for the chuckle.

  • webegb-Is in a happy place Sep 3, 2010

    Give me $5,000 or I'll...........bang on the window!

  • Roland K. Sep 3, 2010

    desperate times call for desperate measures. or maybe he's dumber than two sticks.

  • shortcake53 Sep 3, 2010

    UM... IYH, maybe because he wasnt a fat, bald, guy with a beard??

  • iworkandpaytaxes Sep 3, 2010

    I'll use the GOLO phrase when it's a black suspect. "a thin white male with light hair and a thin mustache". I've seen 100 of those this morning. Still not sure why it's said but I figured I'd play along too.