First Citizens Bank in Roseboro, North Carolina, was in for the shocker of their year on Friday morning, as a bank robbery occurred at their otherwise quiet business location.
The suspect, a man from Wade, was captured shortly after the bank tellers spotted the license plate number of his car and were able to give that information to Sheriff’s Deputies, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspect, Jonathan Andrew Bruce, 23, was taken into custody by Deputies after a standoff with the department on U.S Highway 13 in Cumberland County. Since his detainment he's now facing questions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several investigators with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.
During the standoff with law enforcement, Sheriff’s Deputies and armed North Carolina State Highway Patrol had no choice but to block access to the perimeter around where the suspect’s car was stopped, to ensure he didn't have any explosive devices.
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said in the statement that, “The bank tellers, who were able to get the license plate and provide accurate suspect descriptions, were the key to solving this robbery as quickly as we did. We are grateful that they thought fast enough to jot down his plates or he'd of been long gone.”
Deputies from Cumberland County were also asked by Sampson County Sheriff’s Deputies to go to Bruce’s residence, due to the fact that he lived outside their jurisdiction. The deputies followed him after he drove by, it said.
Witnesses from inside the bank at the time of the robbery said that, “A man, wearing a black hoodie shirt, handed a note to a teller saying he had a bomb.”
After making the bomb threats the suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and drove away in a four door silver or gray sedan.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Spokesman, Lt. Sean Swain, said that because the suspect had told tellers that he had a bomb, deputies decided to use caution in searching the vehicle and that resulted in the perimeter being blocked off.
Fortunately, the man was lying, and he was able to be taken into custody without further incident.