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Authorities Catch Raleigh Bank Robbery Suspect

Posted June 19, 2007
Updated June 20, 2007

— Authorities arrested a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery after a brief chase Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators said Jonathan Wilkins robbed a Wachovia Bank, located at 8910 Six Forks Road in Raleigh earlier in the day and later fled the scene in a red Pontiac Trans Am.

Police chased Wilkins until he wrecked the car in the driveway of a home on Whitestone Road in the Stonebridge subdivision. Wilkins then fled into a wooded area behind the residence, police said.

A dog in the Wake County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit caught Wilkins shortly after 5 p.m.

There were no reports of injuries, and it was unclear how much, if any, money Wilkins took from the bank. He is being held at the Wake County Jail.


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  • Gnathostomata Jun 22, 2007

    Please allow me to reserve my compassion for victims and children and communities who deserve it; while I can say a prayer for this young man in hopes that he finds a better way to seek attention or whatever it was that he was trying to prove, and I can appreciate the humiliation and pain that his family is experiencing, I still think the comments in this forum are addressing the crime rather than his race or background or anything else that is secondary to his actions. He thumbed his nose at the rest of humanity, and now his friends want to defend that and give grief to anyone that considers it criminal. Well, this forum isn't where he will defend himself; it will be in a court of law where personal opinion has little sway. He committed a federal offense, and he will learn at a young age that he did wrong. May other young people learn from his actions and not repeat them.

  • Gnathostomata Jun 22, 2007

    Such baloney here; the CRIME is what the majority are looking at, and it deserves consequences. If society just looked at the family in which the suspect came from and handed out justice based on affluence, then justice would not be blind and fair. The guy may have come from an upstanding family BEFORE his little caper, but now he has changed that, hasn't he? And who is being judgmental here, assuming everyone is basing their comments on race, or affluence or anything except his actions???

  • dobermom2 Jun 22, 2007

    TMR.... don't waste your breath here trying to defend jonathan to these people. they sit and judge someone they don't know because it makes them feel rightious. because i'm sure they have never done anything they regret or are ashamed of. or someone they care about hasn't. they call me hypocritial and talk about if her were black, if her weren't from an affluent family blah blah blah. well aren't they automatically judging him because hes white, because he is from an affluent family? i'm thinking thats also hypocritical. i'm thinking that unless & until they can be compassionate to ALL people and not pick and choose, then they have nothing to say that i can take seriously and is worth any more of my precious time. so TMR spend you time being supportive to jonathan and his family because you can spend a lifetime trying to make these people get it and they never will, not until it it hits home. then they will want everyones understanding and compassion. even then i will not judge.

  • raleigh321 Jun 22, 2007

    and if its not drug related or from a mental illness such as bipolar disorder, then TMR you tell me why he robbed a bank. get a clue

  • ncsualldaylong2 Jun 21, 2007

    get em taylor! ar ar ar!

  • NCSUbabe Jun 21, 2007

    I love the Wilkins family and have known them for many years. They are good people and so is Jonathan. Jonathan made a mistake, and I know he'll be remorseful for it. He will learn from this. I also want him to know he isn't the only one who has made mistakes. For all those people who judge Jonathan and the Wilkins family you should be ashamed. It's not your place to judge anyone. How would you like it if that was your brother, son, friend, etc. and strangers felt it their right to judge someone on a public website? I understand freedom of speech, but to call him a thug??? Obviously you don't have anything better to do than to respond to a story that doesn't even pertain to you or affect you in any way. Jonathan is not a THUG and shouldn't be put in that category. I stand behind the Wilkins family. I am there to support them.

  • ncsualldaylong2 Jun 21, 2007

    and raleigh321 is obviously upset by something that happened in middle school? did john steal your girlfriend or something?

  • ncsualldaylong2 Jun 21, 2007

    i think we wouldn't be having this conversation if john were black because it wouldn't have made headline news

  • ncsualldaylong2 Jun 21, 2007

    dobermom rules

  • dobermom2 Jun 21, 2007

    by the way, i'm making a choice also. i choose to be seen as hypocritical rather than ignorant, closed minded, judgemental AND hypocritical.