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Bystanders tackle Raleigh drugstore robbery suspect

Posted April 15, 2012 7:56 p.m. EDT
Updated April 17, 2012 7:41 a.m. EDT

— Three people tackled a man suspected of robbing a Raleigh drugstore Sunday and held him down until police arrived.

Police said a man stole cash and prescription medications from the Kerr Drugs in the Mission Valley Shopping Center off Avent Ferry Road around 3:45 p.m. As he was leaving the store with a bag of cash, police said, the manager and bystanders chased him down and held him until officers arrived.

Cody Allen said his instincts kicked in when he saw the man run out of the store.

"I haven't played football since high school, so I haven't gotten to tackle anybody – you know, just out in the open – in a while," Allen said. "I enjoyed flipping my shoes off and just running out through the parking lot. It was the right thing to do."

Greyson Dayne Wright, 22, who police believe robbed the store, was treated at Duke Health Raleigh for minor injuries, police said. He was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and a drug law violation. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $200,000 bond.

Michael Dee Smith Jr., 27, later surrendered to police and told them that he had been Wright's getaway driver, police said. He was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and held under a $50,000 bond.

Smith has 11 convictions for dealing drugs and is on probation, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.