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Man charged in Raleigh bank robbery

Posted June 17, 2013
Updated June 18, 2013

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— Police evacuated a north Raleigh bank Monday afternoon after a robbery but said they found no explosives inside.

Raleigh police said a Scott Randall Gray entered the PNC Bank branch at 14400 New Falls of Neuse Road about 1:20 p.m. and announced that he had a bomb in the bag he was carrying. After taking money, Gray demanded the keys to a Kia Sedona in the parking lot. A bank customer handed over the keys to him, who fled and left the bag behind.

The vehicle was found abandoned outside a nearby shopping center on Forest Pines Drive.

No one was injured, but investigators feared an explosive device also might have been left in the minivan.

The bank was evacuated as a precaution, and a neighboring First Citizens Bank branch locked down voluntarily. Police also cordoned off a large area around the minivan until it could be searched.

After the Kia was abandoned, witnesses saw Gray and an accomplice get into a Honda Accord, which police later stopped near the intersection of Six Forks and Strickland roads.

Two men were taken into custody, but one was released.

Investigators charged Gray, 51, with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Police said one charge stems from the bank robbery; the other is in connection with the theft of the minivan.

Gray was being held in the Wake County Detention Center. Bond information was unavailable.

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  • St Ives Jun 20, 2013

    I know this man too. he duped many out of their life savings a few years ago and was let off with some silly jail time. Weekends or something like that. Some people just think life should be easier for them, than others.

  • jamesrarrington Jun 18, 2013

    Before I say anything about this I would like to say they I do not condone these actions. I know this man though, he is a good man, father and worker. He hit hard times and has some issues that only a psychiatrist or mental health professional should be qualified to judge. It really makes me sick to my stomach to read the way some people are so quick to assume that someone is a bad person with NO idea of who the person is or what they are going through. You tout govt officials yet here in Wake County we have NO PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES. He has been searching for help and has been denied it because of money. Once again I do NOT condone his actions, BUT, he made the best decision he could in a time of distress, he did NOT actually put any one in any REAL danger but HIMSELF. So, please people, leave the man alone, leave the judgement to the judges, and push for PUBLIC mental health resources to come back to Wake County, because FYI Holly Hill is privatized and about 5k for 1-2weeks

  • melanie3 Jun 18, 2013

    bizarro.. talk to a doctor, you need help. Turn fox off. there are plenty of minimum wage, part time, no benefit jobs - IBM lobby's congress to hire more out of country IT workers so they can pay them less and work them more and the workers have little refuge if they want to stay here while IBM lays off hundreds in NC alone. I hope you lose your job so you might find empathy - so you can see how hard it is to be out there, having lived your life doing the right things only to have corporations given full power while blaming all workers (except CEO's.. CEO's rock in modern culture, break laws.. nah.. destroy the economy? bonus!!) The only fault workers have is they've voted for the republican lie machine believing that the lies that you espouse.

  • bizarro Jun 18, 2013

    greg69inc -- are you trying to justify robbing a bank!??! There are plenty of open jobs...people just want to collect unemployment and/or not get off their lazy buts.

  • greg69innc Jun 18, 2013

    Like so many other robbers that have been caught, this guy will have plenty of time figuring out where his "bulletproof" plan went wrong. Where do these people come from? Do they wake up and say "Hey! I think I can pull this off unlike anyone else in the past". There's one born every day.

    We here in NC live in desperate times. Who knows what a person's mind does to them when they are out of work and after literally thousands of resumes only to be told no or never hear any type of response from a potential employer. People are losing their life savings, homes that are almost paid for, divorce is rampant as marriages fall apart because of this mess, on and on it goes and something triggers in their mind in a final reach of desperation as these people are experiencing a total feeling of hopelessness. I know as I am one of these people and am experiencing some of this in my life.

  • LastSon1981 Jun 18, 2013

    To those making negative comments of our police. Why don't you spend an hour or two, especially on the weekends or during a storm listening to the police scanner I am posting.Then maybe you will think differently. Many times they are going through nail biting situations that NEVER make the news.

    TeresaBee

    Or do a ride a long or become a reserve police officer. It just a whole lot easier to sit at home and complain.

  • TeresaBee Jun 18, 2013

    To those making negative comments of our police. Why don't you spend an hour or two, especially on the weekends or during a storm listening to the police scanner I am posting.Then maybe you will think differently. Many times they are going through nail biting situations that NEVER make the news.

    http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/2822

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 18, 2013

    "Police are only identified by name when it's something perceived as negative." - thepeopleschamp


    They are also indentified by name when they go above and beyond. But why call them out for doing their normal job?


    "They’re doing what they’re paid to do, their job." - Ole Glory


    Exactly.

  • Hugh Jass Jun 18, 2013

    What happened to the accomplice in the Honda?

  • Bartmeister Jun 18, 2013

    Like so many other robbers that have been caught, this guy will have plenty of time figuring out where his "bulletproof" plan went wrong. Where do these people come from? Do they wake up and say "Hey! I think I can pull this off unlike anyone else in the past". There's one born every day.

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