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Raleigh police: Bank robber getting 'more dangerous'

Posted June 14, 2010

— A bank robber suspected in a series of crimes in Raleigh is "getting progressively more dangerous with each crime," authorities said Monday, and they are concerned he could become even more violent.

The Raleigh Police Department and the FBI is investigating at least six bank robberies since November in which they believe the same person is responsible.

In each case, the robber was described as a masked black man with a slender-to-medium build who is about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11 and has noticeably misshapen teeth and unusual eyebrows.

He also wore a dark blue sweatshirt with the company name "Chris' Detail" on the back or a black sweatshirt with the number 25 on the front in several of the robberies, police have said.

The latest robbery happened June 2 at a Wachovia Bank on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The same bank was also robbed on March 31.

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Other banks in Cary and Raleigh were also robbed – SunTrust Bank at 910 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary on Nov. 25; Wachovia at 6623 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh on Dec. 29 and Jan. 21; and SunTrust at 3620 Six Forks Road in Raleigh on Feb. 26.

During the Feb. 26 robbery, police have said
, the robber hit the teller in the head with his gun. In other robberies, he's assaulted bank employees, even though none resisted his demands.

"Why he decided to put hands on employees – we don't know at this time," Raleigh police detective Ben Huger said.

Detectives have said they want to find the suspect before his violent behavior escalates.

"He shows a firearm each time," Huger said. "He's very loud, very demanding, very controlling of the situation."

Amy Thoreson, a spokeswoman with the FBI, has said agents believe he might live outside Raleigh-Durham.

Anyone with information about the robberies or the robber, should contact Raleigh police at 919-996-3335 or the Charlotte Division of the FBI at 704-377-9200.

There is up to a $20,000 reward being offered for any information leading to an arrest.


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  • wildcat Jun 15, 2010

    And those of you making jokes about it,

    I don't think no one here is joking. I believe like me, people here are very serious. The man needs to be caught. Public people keep your eye out for this man. He is robbing in broad daylight and someone has had to notice something out of the ordinary.

  • wildcat Jun 15, 2010

    This aggressive man needs to be found before some clerk is killed. FBI, SBI, local officers you need to step up and do a much better job than you are doing.

  • hollylama Jun 15, 2010

    Wachovias and Sun Trust banks rarely have armed security on hand...thats the problem.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 15, 2010

    Just like with the Air Marshalls, put someone in a few of these banks and take care of biznus when a robbery goes down.

  • Wheelman Jun 14, 2010

    Oh yeah! All you big brave people. A guy fires a gun and then points it in your face and you're going to do what? Probably soil yourself and do whatever he says while praying he doesn't decide to kill you. And if you had a gun, would you pull it and try to shoot him while he's holding a gun to an innocent person's head. I don't think you're that brave or dumb. And those of you making jokes about it, what if a member of your family was in the bank at the time or perhaps worked at the bank, would you think it was so funny? I don't think so! Security guard? How many banks do you go into and see a security guard anywhere around? Better for him to take the money and leave than end up with a hostage situation.

  • wildcat Jun 14, 2010

    so why aren't the bills being traced?

    Trace what. They don't have no idea who he is.

  • godnessgracious Jun 14, 2010

    We all assume this guy is robing the bank at the end of the month for rent, so why aren't the bills being traced?

  • wildcat Jun 14, 2010

    The clerk should have put an explosive pack in the bag. What was they thinking? Too scare I guess.

  • wildcat Jun 14, 2010

    There will not be any fingerprints since the robber is wearing gloves.

  • wildcat Jun 14, 2010

    What if it is the former first lady?

    That is an insult to the first lady of the United States. You should apologize publicly to her. Shame on you. Of course this says a lot about you.