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Man Dressed as Woman Robs Bank, Prompts Bomb Scare

Posted November 19, 2007

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— A bomb squad was called to a Fayetteville bank Monday morning to investigate a suspicious package found after a bank robbery, police said.

A robbery was reported at Omni National Bank, 4841 Ramsey St., shortly after 9 a.m., police said. A black man dressed as a woman fled with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The man was described as about 6 feet tall, thin and in his 20s. He was wearing a strawberry-blond wig, white pants and white sweater and was carrying a messenger-style bag. He left on foot or possibly on a bicycle or in a white vehicle, police said.

Eight employees were inside the bank at the time or the robbery, but no injuries were reported.

About an hour later, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office bomb squad was called to the bank to investigate a suspicious package inside.

The bank employees were taken out of the building, and members of the bomb squad went inside wearing protective gear.

"Anytime anyone leaves anything that appears to be a suspicious package or device, we obviously bring in our K-9s, bring in the bomb squad, just to make sure and be on the safe side," police department spokeswoman Jamie Smith said. "Most of the time, it turns out to be nothing."

A remote-controlled robot was sent into the building to retrieve the package at about 11:20 a.m. The robot emerged from the bank about 45 minutes later and took the package to a nearby field to be disrupted.

One southbound lane of Ramsey Street was closed Monday morning during the incident.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

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  • eric52272 Nov 21, 2007

    i hope paris hilton doesn't sue me....but thats hot

  • gnew46 Nov 19, 2007

    Man, that is a dog, with fleas!!!!

  • doogaad Nov 19, 2007

    Transvestites are people too, but some are misunderstood

  • floyd_lawson Nov 19, 2007

    i guess the wnba doesn't pay enough...

  • uncw40oz Nov 19, 2007

    looks like my high school gym teacher

  • ranquick Nov 19, 2007

    Well II suppose we will seen more dumb crook things during the Holiday Season

  • Network dude Nov 19, 2007

    He shaved his legs and then he was a she. I hope lola was a better looking drag queen.

  • Tired Of Excuses Nov 19, 2007

    LOL...too funny.
    At least he/she could have had a better choice in sunglasses. Perhaps something with a Jackie O flavor.

  • wbearp Nov 19, 2007

    A woman trapped in a man's body! The boys are going to love this guy when he gets in the pen.

  • Kidw4legs stops in Nov 19, 2007

    Old Rebel wrote: "I mean, what if in desperation I were to meet for coffee and crumpets at the Local's Java Express and then the ugly reality (forgive the visual pun) pops up."

    Oh my gosh... I am dying laughing here as I get the mental picture of your deep and probably not-unfounded fears!

    "Sheena was a man!"

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