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Authorities Search For Suspect Who Held Bank Manager Hostage

Posted October 25, 2002

— The search is on for a man who kidnapped a bank manager overnight and used her to rob a bank.

Police say a man went to the home of Ann Cheney, the branch manager at First South Bank, Thursday and held her and her husband at gunpoint all night. Police say the man then took Cheney to the bank Friday, where he forced her to give him money.

"He threatened using an explosive to coerce her into doing this," said Chief Robert Grice, of the Lumberton Police Department.

Police say when the suspect left, Cheney called for help. Police used a bomb robot to take the device the suspect threatened to use out of the bank. Authorities later detonated the package, which they say was not a bomb.

Authorities say Cheney and her husband were unharmed in the incident. Authorities are also investigating threats made at Lumberton High School and the local hospital to see if these events were connected.

Authorities say the suspect is described as a white male in his 40s. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black leather jacket. Authorities also said surveillance cameras did not get a look at the suspect.

Authorities say the suspect got away with $200,000.

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