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2 charged in Chapel Hill bank robbery

Posted May 1, 2008

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— Two people have been charged in connection with a Wednesday afternoon bank robbery in Chapel Hill, police said.

A man armed with a handgun walked into the Bank of America branch on Willow Drive at about 3:55 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money, police said. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a blue Chevy Tahoe.

Officers stopped the vehicle in rush-hour traffic near Eastgate Shopping Center and arrested the two occupants, police said.

Anthony Ravon Ruffin, 25, of 924 Autumn Drive in Greenville, was charged with armed robbery, identity theft, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of stolen goods. Ruffin was being held Thursday in the Orange County Jail under $175,000 bond.

Portia Dejeannette Bright, 22, of 6006 Acorn Road in Grifton, was charged with armed robbery and was being held Thursday in the Orange County Jail under $100,000 bond.


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  • TooMuchGovt May 1, 2008

    I guess feeding that Tahoe at $3.50 a gallon made them desperate.

  • NotFromHere May 1, 2008

    Well just look at the two of them. You have to be stupid to rob a bank anyway, with all the cameras and automatic silent alarms they have. Then it takes a special breed of stupidity to get stuck in traffic leaving the bank. I think we have a pair of winners here. I hope they enjoy 20 to 40 years in federal prison for armed robbery of a bank.

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 1, 2008

    Hey, 30 years of hard time in prison should do it. Tired of this!!!

  • chfdcpt May 1, 2008

    C'mon folks, let them be. It is stupid crooks like these that keeps emergency services employed.

  • dianadarling May 1, 2008

    They obviously have never been to that part of chapel hill at that hour. what stupid criminals.

  • tarheelalum May 1, 2008

    Rob a bank just in time to get stuck in rush hour traffic...lol