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Bystanders tackle Raleigh drugstore robbery suspect

Posted April 15, 2012
Updated April 17, 2012

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— Three people tackled a man suspected of robbing a Raleigh drugstore Sunday and held him down until police arrived.

Police said a man stole cash and prescription medications from the Kerr Drugs in the Mission Valley Shopping Center off Avent Ferry Road around 3:45 p.m. As he was leaving the store with a bag of cash, police said, the manager and bystanders chased him down and held him until officers arrived.

Cody Allen said his instincts kicked in when he saw the man run out of the store.

"I haven't played football since high school, so I haven't gotten to tackle anybody – you know, just out in the open – in a while," Allen said. "I enjoyed flipping my shoes off and just running out through the parking lot. It was the right thing to do."

Greyson Dayne Wright, 22, who police believe robbed the store, was treated at Duke Health Raleigh for minor injuries, police said. He was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and a drug law violation. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $200,000 bond.

Michael Dee Smith Jr., 27, later surrendered to police and told them that he had been Wright's getaway driver, police said. He was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and held under a $50,000 bond.

Smith has 11 convictions for dealing drugs and is on probation, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.

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  • KnoxOverstreet III Apr 17, 2012

    "Running after a robbery suspect is a good way to get yourself killed. jmf1073 2.0

    Luckily not everyone these days are scared or cowards!
    RM24"

    The cemeteries are full of brave heroes. Give up the money and ask the dude if you can get him a cool drink before ha leaves.

  • piene2 Apr 17, 2012

    "Actually I'm surprised that some NRA Yahoo with a gun didn't shoot his guts out along with those of a few innocent bystanders. KnoxOverstreet II

    Surprised huh? Can you even find one story/example where that EVER happened?"

    Well as a matter of fact I had mentioned the Trayvon Martin murder but the moderators decided for whatever reason to not publish the response. I shall keep trying.

  • piene2 Apr 17, 2012

    "We understand you do not worry about facts when trying to spread your fear and hatrid of guns.
    RM24"

    I neither fear or hate guns. What I fear and hate are the Yahoos carrying them, just waiting to file the first notch on the grip.

  • jjordan231179 Apr 17, 2012

    Yes you are right. with the possibility of the victim being armed the crook will simply shoot the victim first and look to see if the victim is armed later. piene2

    That's what they do now. How many examples you need? 1000 get ya started? Stop fearing law abiding citizens with guns. Stop making excuses for criminals. We understand you do not worry about facts when trying to spread your fear and hatrid of guns. But no one believes that unarming America will cause less crime or murders. Criminals always have and always will get the guns. By being a criminal you see they already don't worry about legal/illegal! If you can name anything that's illegal someone can tell you where to get it. Its time to see reality!
    RM24
    April 17, 2012 8:56 a.m.
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    Its going to be a tough election for yuo this year since Romney and Obama support gun restrictions. LOl too funny.

  • RM24 Apr 17, 2012

    Running after a robbery suspect is a good way to get yourself killed.
    jmf1073 2.0

    Luckily not everyone these days are scared or cowards!

  • RM24 Apr 17, 2012

    Yes you are right. with the possibility of the victim being armed the crook will simply shoot the victim first and look to see if the victim is armed later.
    piene2

    That's what they do now. How many examples you need? 1000 get ya started? Stop fearing law abiding citizens with guns. Stop making excuses for criminals. We understand you do not worry about facts when trying to spread your fear and hatrid of guns. But no one believes that unarming America will cause less crime or murders. Criminals always have and always will get the guns. By being a criminal you see they already don't worry about legal/illegal! If you can name anything that's illegal someone can tell you where to get it. Its time to see reality!

  • RM24 Apr 17, 2012

    Actually I'm surprised that some NRA Yahoo with a gun didn't shoot his guts out along with those of a few innocent bystanders.
    KnoxOverstreet II

    Surprised huh? Can you even find one story/example where that EVER happened? Where the innoncent people were killed in a situation like this? I can show millions where innoncent get robbed raped murdered!

  • bombayrunner Apr 16, 2012

    line of duty.....Really? WHy is there a regular group on here that can take every story and reduce it to DEM vs. REP????? How??? ...hfmichael

    Sorry, I could not help that one, it was wide open. And actually its strangely true if you poll both groups.

  • pinkiglock Apr 16, 2012

    Good for them! What great examples of good people, good citizens!

  • sunshine1040 Apr 16, 2012

    Yep the greedy CEO's that wwant to fatten their wallets and to do that the need the public to make and buy their products. you do not like the CEO of a cetain company then do not buy products made by them they will then be gone the way of many bussiness

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