Local News

Cary man charged in Raleigh bank robbery

Posted May 11, 2011 10:02 a.m. EDT
Updated May 11, 2011 5:14 p.m. EDT

— Police charged a Cary man with robbing a bank near the North Carolina State University campus Wednesday morning.

Rodney Williams Talley, 31, of 420 Waldo St., was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and fleeing to elude arrest. He was being held in the Wake County jail under a $1.025 million bond.

The Wachovia branch at 2600 Hillsborough St. was robbed at about 9:30 a.m. A man armed with a .45-caliber Colt handgun took an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

Witnesses told police that the robber fled in a blue minivan, and an officer spotted a Honda Odyssey driving recklessly on Fairview Road near Reid Street, police said. Officers chased the minivan on Oberlin Road, Glenwood Avenue, Interstate 440, Wake Forest Road and Capital Boulevard.

Police used "stopsticks" on Capital Boulevard to end the pursuit, and the devices punctured the minivan's tires as the vehicle exited onto Wade Avenue. The driver lost control of the minivan near the intersection of Scales Street, where it crashed into a utility pole guy-wire, police said.

The man tried to flee on foot but was arrested near Capital Boulevard, police said.

Talley pleaded guilty in 2000 to robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with a 1998 Vance County robbery and served about nine months in prison, authorities said.