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Man arrested after robbery outside Chapel Hill bank

Posted January 29, 2013

— A Durham man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police said he robbed someone outside a Chapel Hill bank.

A man was walking to the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 101 Banks Drive at about 1:10 p.m. when the robber grabbed a bank bag from him and fled in a gray sedan, police said. He was found nearby after abandoning the vehicle and was arrested following a brief chase on foot.

Denis Dion Smith, 38, of 509 Englewood Ave., was charged with common law robbery, felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, resist, obstruct or delay an officer, driving with a revoked license, careless and reckless driving and misdemeanor hit-and-run.

Smith was being held in the Orange County jail under a $100,000 bond.

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  • isaacewallace Jan 30, 5:12 p.m.

    Another man from Durham committing crimes in Chapel Hill,I'm glad they caught this career criminal .I did a NC Offender search and found numerous crimes and felony convictions for Mr. Smith dating back to the 90's.He was on probation at the time of this crime.