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Forgery Suspect Apprehended After Chase

Posted July 1, 2003

— What began as an attempted forgery at a bank Tuesday turned into a chase through a North Raleigh neighborhood.

Raleigh police apprehended the suspect late Tuesday afternoon.

The chase ended behind an apartment complex on Sandy Forks Road after the suspect drove deep into nearby woods and abandoned his vehicle.

The suspect faces charges that include assault on a police officer. No charges had been filed as of 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Police pursued the suspect in a low-speed chase. Officers said they held back on their pursuit because there was an approximately 5-year-old girl riding in the suspect's car.

The scene got the attention of residents in the Woodscape Apartments neighborhood.

"I was standing out on my porch, and I noticed a whole line of police cars speeding by rapidly," witness Chris Andrews said. "I got curious and asked a cop what they were doing. They said they were looking for a blue Honda, which was way back there in the woods."

Police officers and K-9 units found the suspect and girl unharmed after searching the woods.

The chase started about 1:30 Tuesday. The BB&T Bank on Falls of the Neuse Rd. called the police to report someone trying to forge a stolen check.

Police said the suspect was still in the bank when officers arrived. They said the suspect was driving a stolen car and used it to hit an officer who responded.

Officers were trying to determine the identity of the suspect and the relationship of the girl to the suspect.

The officer who was hit was said to be OK.

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