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Police: Kinston man jumped from car to get away from robber

Posted October 23, 2013

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— A Kinston man jumped from his moving car Tuesday night to escape a knife-wielding man demanding money, police said.

Jeremy Sutton told police that he was pulling up to a friend's residence on Old Snow Hill Road shortly before 10 p.m. when a man with a knife opened the passenger door, climbed in and demanded money. When Sutton told him he didn't have any, he told police, the man ordered him to drive to a BB&T branch on West Vernon Avenue and withdraw money.

As the car approached the bank, Sutton said, he jumped from the car, which then crashed into the bank, and ran to a nearby gas station to call for help. The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office brought in a K-9 team to track the robber, who ran off when the car crashed, police said.

Ralph Dunn, 23, was arrested near Northwest Elementary School and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree kidnapping. He was being held Wednesday in the Lenoir County jail under a $150,000 bond.

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  • itsnotmeiswear Oct 23, 2013

    "This robber was definitely not too quick on his feet if he could not make a clean get away in the time it took police to call the police and for them to arrive on the scene and get the story. nonemeant"

    Pretty good distance from the bank to that school. If he had gotten to the school, he could have crossed the golf course and most likely been home free.

  • nonemeant Oct 23, 2013

    This robber was definitely not too quick on his feet if he could not make a clean get away in the time it took police to call the police and for them to arrive on the scene and get the story.

  • Danny919 Oct 23, 2013

    It's getting crazy out here..

  • Slappy171 Oct 23, 2013

    Glad this ended well for Mr Sutton!

  • OutofControl Oct 23, 2013

    this is just the begining

  • Obamacare is here Oct 23, 2013

    How about locking your car doors even while driving? A little common sense goes a long way folks.

  • TeaBagOnLove Oct 23, 2013

    Unreal.... This exact type of crime is getting out of control all over the country.