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Raleigh Police Locate Car,<BR> Carjacker Still on the Lam

Posted August 15, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The N.C. Bankers Association put up rewards of up to $5,000 on Saturday for information leading to arrests in two Friday bank robberies. Meanwhile, an alleged Raleigh bank robber, kidnapper, and carjacker is still on the loose.

In Friday's first robbery, the suspect carjacked a Toyota Camry from a West Morgan Street parking lot, tied up the owner, then drove to the CCB branch on Clark Avenue in Raleigh's Cameron Village. There, he tied the owner's head to the headrest, and went to rob the bank.

While the unidentified suspect robbed the bank, the Camry owner managed to break free and go to the nearby First Citizen's Bank and flagged down help. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in the Camry.

Police later located the getaway car only blocks from the scene of the robbery. The car was parked near some dumpsters behind the Brownestone Hotel on Hillsborough Street.

Police are looking for the man pictured at left, whose image was captured on a surveillance video tape. If you've seen him, you are asked to contact the Raleigh Police Department.

Later Friday, another CCB branch was robbed on Erwin Road in Durham. It happened around 6:45 p.m. when a man entered the bank, put a mask over his face, and told customers and tellers that it was a stick-up.

The robber told the people in the bank to get on the floor. That's when an unidentifed Duke University professor tried to grab the robber's gun. They got into a tussle, and the professor was treated for head wounds after the robber hit him in the head with the gun. The robber and an accomplice then took money from the tellers and fled.

Saturday morning, the N.C. Bankers Association put up rewards of up to $5,000 for information that leads to arrests in Friday's robberies. Folks with information are urged to call the Bankers Association at 1-800-209-2293. Their hotline is always open.

,Kerrie HudzinskiandBrian Shrader