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Police catch bank robbery suspect, charge him in two hold-ups

Posted August 20, 2010 10:11 a.m. EDT
Updated August 21, 2010 11:28 a.m. EDT

— Police arrested suspect Friday afternoon in connection with a morning bank robbery at a north Raleigh Wachovia branch.

Jason Trent Goodine, 33, was charged with the Friday robbery and another holdup at the same bank two months ago. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $2 million secured bond.

Police said that he entered the bank, at 4560 Capital Blvd., at about 9:20 a.m. Friday, demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Dye packs exploded in the cash, prompting Goodine to drop stacks of red-stained bills as he ran through a shopping center parking lot behind the bank, police said.

When Goodine was taken into custody, police said, he had the dye on his clothes and body.

"I saw the dye packs explode, and I walked over there," witness Alex Lewhon said. "Money was strewn all over the ground."

Police said they believe Goodine fled through a hole in a fence behind the shopping center. Officers found him hiding on the property of a nearby apartment complex.

The same bank was robbed on June 23, and owners of nearby businesses said that robber also fled through the hole in the fence.

"The descriptions were similar. Some of the methods were similar, even the times (of the robberies) – that one was at 9:18 (a.m.), this one was at 9:21(a.m.)," Raleigh police Lt. Andy Murr said.

State Department of Correction records show that has Goodine has two felony larceny convictions dating from 1997.

His arrest was a relief to nearby business owners, who said they want the city to do more to prevent crime in the area.

"They're scared to come to Mini-City or to Capital Boulevard," said Carlo Cappiello, owner of  Ristorante Italiano in the shopping center. "If the city of Raleigh takes note, to clean up Capital Boulevard to be safe, then everything will be changed."