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UNC student wanted in Apex bank robbery arrested in NJ

Posted November 12, 2011

— A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Apex was arrested in New Jersey on Saturday night, police said.

Gordon Goodwin, 22, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. on common law robbery charges after he called his mother from an Atlantic City hotel room. She contacted Apex police, who arranged to have her son taken into custody without incident by Atlantic City police.

On Friday, Diana Goodwin urged her son to turn himself in during an interview with WRAL News.

No additional information was released.

Investigators say Goodwin robbed a Sun Trust bank inside a Kroger grocery store at 940 U.S. Highway 64 on Monday.

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  • TigerLilly0811 Nov 14, 2011

    Are you sure this isn't post-op girl? I mean... we are talking about Chapel Hill.

  • Twittyfan Nov 14, 2011

    Way to go to the mother.. Most parents would have covered up for their kids. Please get this boy help. He deserves to be punished for both. He needs to be ashamed of himself about to graduate and pulled a stunt like this. Shame on him..

  • Wendellcatlover Nov 14, 2011

    And I say again, bravo to his mom for doing the right thing. So many parents out there would have hidden their kids from the police. I'm sure it was hard, but good job.

  • thefensk Nov 14, 2011

    Seriously, it is more than likely something like gambling debts that would drive a student to do something like this. The fact that he went to Atlantic City just reinforces the notion.

  • justabumer Nov 14, 2011

    Wasn't he scheduled to graduate at the end of the semester?

  • 2323 Nov 14, 2011

    At least the mother knows how to do the right thing.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Nov 14, 2011

    His parents must be so proud! I'm sure after his little stint in prison, he'll have a whole new set of skills.

  • buford Nov 14, 2011

    You wonder what possesses people to do things like this...especially knowing you're going to get caught. He obviously was desperate...sad...

  • FAN72 Nov 14, 2011

    I knew that the discussion of raising tuition rates was getting serious, but surely this student didn't need to rob a bank in order to make his second semester payment on time.