UNC student suspected in second bank robbery
Posted November 14, 2011
Updated November 23, 2011
Apex, N.C. — A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student charged with robbing an Apex bank last week also is wanted in a Franklin County robbery, police said Monday.
Gordon Goodwin, 22, was arrested Saturday night in Atlantic City, N.J., after he called his mother and she arranged his surrender.
"He was sobbing and said he wanted to come home," Diana Goodwin said Monday.
Investigators say Goodwin robbed a SunTrust Bank branch inside a Kroger grocery store at 940 U.S. Highway 64 on Nov. 7.
Youngsville Police Chief Daren Kirts said Goodwin also is suspected of robbing a SunTrust Bank branch in Youngsville on Nov. 3.
In that robbery, a man handed a teller a note that said he had a gun and wanted money. He fled with about $740, Kirts said.
Goodwin will be charged with the Youngsville robbery once authorities bring him back to North Carolina, Kirts said.
Diana Goodwin said she never expected that her son, who was two months away from graduation, would be accused of robbing banks.
"It's just unbelievable. I think any parent out there, 99 percent of parents, would sympathize in that they can't imagine something like this happening," she said.
She wants to know why he would have put himself in a position to be accused.
"The whole family wants to know why. People who know him want to know why," Diana Goodwin said.
It's a question investigators can't answer.
"He was young and apparently had a lot going for him. I'm not really sure why he did it," Kirts said. "This is not your normal bank robber."