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Durham Police Name Suspect In Bank Robbery

Posted October 22, 2003

— Durham police have identified a suspect in the Monday robbery of the Central Carolina Bank on Hillandale Road.

Police already arrested another man in connection with the robbery. The suspect they are looking for is 27-year-old Lonzell Lunsford, of 2501 Vesson Avenue.

Lunsford also has been charged with breaking into a house on Singing Woods Place following the robbery. In addition, he is facing charges of obtaining property by false pretense and assault on a female from prior incidents.

According to investigators, a man entered the bank around 2:20 p.m. Monday and demanded money. He fled in a burgundy Saturn driven by a second man.

The car, which had been reported stolen in Raleigh, was found a short time later abandoned on Front Street.

Police said the men apparently drove from Front Street in a blue Ford Taurus and exchanged the Taurus for a red Geo Prizm. The Prizm was found abandoned next to a business on North Roxboro Road.

Police said the two men then fled on foot to a house at 4801 Singing Woods Place. Officers went to the house and took 27-year-old Jerome Maurice Thompkins, of Estes Street, into custody.

Officers also recovered a handgun and some cash from the residence.

Lunsford is described as a black male, 5 foot 9 inches tall and 250 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at


CrimeStoppers at


the FBI at



(704) 377-9200

or the N.C. Bankers' Association hotline at

(800) 209-2293.

CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,200 and the

North Carolina Bankers' Association

up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.


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