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UNC student returns to state to face bank robbery charge

Posted November 23, 2011

— A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior is back in the state after his arrest last week in New Jersey in connection with two local bank robberies.

Gordon Miller Goodwin, 22, was arrested in Atlantic City, N.J., in connection with a robbery at a SunTrust Bank branch in Apex on Nov. 7.

He is also a suspect in the Nov. 3 robbery of a SunTrust Bank in Youngsville, police there said.

Goodwin surrendered Nov. 13 to police on charges of common-law robbery after his mother's plea on TV for him to surrender. He arrived in Wake County around 9 a.m. Wednesday and was released on a $25,000 bond shortly thereafter.


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  • Mark Hayes Nov 23, 2011

    SFSOLDIER." Sounds like you have been there,it's hard evidently taking a shower sitting down,hows that work for us who have no "can" exsperience?

  • John Q Public Nov 23, 2011

    What a great mom. It's good to see the support she provided to her son. One can only wonder how a seemingly put-together family dynamic could create such a situation.

  • SFSOLDIER Nov 23, 2011

    He'll need that "tough guy" look when he gets to the "can." They will really like that 22 yr old smooth skin ...he shoulda thought about his "new" friends and their attitudes towards him before he committed the crimes. He'll be considered "fresh meat" when gets there.....

  • missunc89 Nov 23, 2011

    C'mon people, let's stop hating on UNC... Geez. I went to high school with Gordon. I know he got busted for pot in high school and then again during his first semester at UNC b/c the school kicked him out for awhile. Also heard that he went to rehab for a painkiller addiction some time after that... I'm surprised UNC let him come back. I'm not sure this news really comes as a huge surprise to anybody because he definitely has some underlying issues going on. He was a nice, unassuming kid back in the day... I hope he gets the help he needs!

  • shakenbake68 Nov 23, 2011

    "If a senior in the "flagship" university is operating at a diminished mental capacity perhaps UNC should do a better job of screening applicants or retaining them after admission?"

    The uni-bomber went to Harvard, Michigan, and California. The most famous serial killers, sociopaths and psychopaths were all very intelligent. The diminished mental capacity can happen over time. As a person's mental state deteriorates, they has trouble telling right from wrong, and can become delusional.

  • batcave Nov 23, 2011

    The football program needs the money to buy more players. GO HEELS.

  • mfarmer1 Nov 23, 2011

    It looks like he has already done hard time since photo #3

  • Viewer Nov 23, 2011

    If a senior in the "flagship" university is operating at a diminished mental capacity perhaps UNC should do a better job of screening applicants or retaining them after admission?

  • wildcat Nov 23, 2011

    Well he simply messed up and now face about 20 years in prison. Consequences, consequences will the youth ever learn?

  • Scare Crow Nov 23, 2011

    College (and being away from home) introduces these kids to a whole other world. I've seen a lot of good kids screw up for no good reason. What I wouldn't give for a college education and these kids blow it.