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Durham Bank Robbery Suspect Turns Himself In

Posted October 23, 2003 6:47 a.m. EDT

— Lonzell Lunsford, who was charged with robbing Central Carolina Bank on Hillandale Road Monday afternoon, turned himself in to authorities Thursday afternoon at the Durham County Magistrate's Office.

Lunsford, 27, of 2501 Vesson Avenue, also was charged with breaking into a house on Singing Woods Place following the robbery. In addition, he was charged with obtaining property by false pretense and assault on a female in connection with prior incidents.

Investigators said a man armed with a gun entered the bank around 2:20 p.m. on Monday and demanded money. The suspect fled in a burgundy Saturn driven by a second man. The car, which had been reported stolen in Raleigh, was found a short time later abandoned on Front Street.

The men apparently drove from Front Street in a blue Ford Taurus and then exchanged the Taurus for a red Geo Prizm. The Prizm was found abandoned next to a business on North Roxboro Road.

The two men then fled on foot to a house at 4801 Singing Woods Place. Officers went to the house and took Jerome Maurice Thompkins, 27, of Estes Street into custody Monday afternoon. Officers also recovered a handgun and some cash from the residence.