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Siler City man arrested, linked to Bennett bank robbery

Posted August 12, 2011 8:35 p.m. EDT
Updated August 12, 2011 9:25 p.m. EDT

— First Bank in Bennett, at 3948 Chatham St., reported an attempted bank robbery Friday after an elderly man walked into the branch with a gun and white plastic bags to demand cash.

Bank employees quickly followed security procedures, resulting in the suspect leaving with no money, police said. No injuries were reported.

Bank employees described the suspect’s vehicle as a white Ford Ranger pickup truck. Chatham County Deputy Chris Burger saw a truck matching that description driving left of center about 6 miles from the bank. Burger stopped the driver, Johnnie Lynwood Goodson, 77, of 214 Evergreen St. in Siler City.

Burger arrested Goodson on a charge of driving with a revoked license.

Lieutenant Brad Johnson and Detective Phillip Richard of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office interrogated Goodson, and investigators found a BB pistol and white plastic bags in his truck.

Goodson has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, driving with a revoked license and driving left of center. Jailed under a $3,000 secured bond, Goodson is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on Aug. 15.