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Cary police investigate robbery, wreck

Posted June 29, 2009

— The suspects in a robbery were taken to WakeMed Monday after an automobile wreck foiled their getaway, a Cary police spokesman said.

According to police, the suspects used their vehicle to hit Alexander Paul Jr., 66, in the parking lot of a Wachovia bank on High House Road. When he fell, they grabbed the money bag he was carrying and took off. Paul was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Capt. Kenny Williams said a quick thinking bystander, who saw the suspects change vehicles after the crime, called 911.

“It was extremely important that the citizen watched and observed those two individuals switch vehicles. Possibly without that information … we may not have captured those two individuals as fast as we did,” Williams said.

After about two miles, the suspects hit another car on Chapel Hill Road near Weston Parkway.

Both suspects were injured in the collision and were taken to WakeMed.

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“The police think they were just waiting for someone who looked like a good picking,” Paul said.

Paul, a church deacon, suffered bruises and a twisted ankle. He says divine intervention kept the hit from being much worse.

“The Lord worked it out to protect me first, and he worked it out for them to be caught. And I’m thankful for that,” he said.

Shawn McRae, 35, of Durham faces several felony charges. He was being held in the Wake County Jail under a $500,000 bond.

The other suspect was still in the hospital Monday evening. Police haven't released that person's name or condition.

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  • Tawny Jun 30, 2009

    It's a wonderful thing when the victim is giving all the glory to the Lord under the circumstances of this horrible incident - that could have been so much worse !

  • 68_polara Jun 30, 2009

    Timbo June 29, 2009 1:06 p.m. : "Where were they headed? Durham?"

    Dang Timbo you nail that one.

  • ccs1920 Jun 30, 2009

    IN JAIL/ Shawn McRae of Durham. Nothing much else to say.

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 30, 2009

    628405 : I forget what our "beef" is -- as it stands right now, you like your house, I like my house, we both feel we did not overpay. Sounds like a good day in the neighborhood. Peace out.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 30, 2009

    I actually have quite a loyal community I definately have not overpaid for any home, and regardless of price range or not still overpriced

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 30, 2009

    We have lived in 3 houses in Cary -- each one bought one in our price range and within our financial capabilities and have no complaints. If perhaps you feel you have overpaid and got the short end of the stick, consider selling (overpriced, of course) and pick a new home where you might feel more of a community loyalty.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 30, 2009

    not false assumptions and stereotyping when ive been here my whole life

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 30, 2009

    buzz off 628405 -- again with the false assumptions and stereotyping....sheesh

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 30, 2009

    do you get so offended becaue you realize you paid way to much for your home

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 30, 2009

    walkindogs : Peace to you, too...I sometimes get riled up when I think someone is bashing Cary again....it's a nice place to live and it gets my dander up when I think people are carp-talking my home. My apologies....I promise to not jump to conclusions so fast and play nice in the future. :o)