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Bank robbery suspects arrested

By Gene Motley

Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald

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WINDSOR — Two Edenton men are in custody after a late-afternoon bank robbery Thursday.

William Chadwick Twine, 45, and 50-year-old Michael Rankins each stand charged with armed robbery and assault by pointing a gun. Bond has been set at $400,000 for Rankins and no bond for Twine.

No one was injured in the robbery in which the suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Windsor Police Chief J.T. Lane said at about 4:24 two men entered the Wells Fargo Bank on South King Street, went to the teller counter and demanded money. One of the suspects brandished a handgun while the other suspect shouted demands.

Two bank tellers were able to slip out the rear entrance of the bank and call 911 from the Lawrence Memorial Library next door.

The suspects had fled on foot north on King Street then drove back by the bank in a small white vehicle.

Suspects then drove north on Old U.S. 17 and a chase ensured, with officers from Windsor and the Highway Patrol in pursuit.

The suspect vehicle ran off the road and overturned. The suspects fled on foot across a field but were quickly apprehended by law enforcement officers.

“This was an excellent example of law enforcement agencies working together in a crisis situation,” said Lane. “We would like to thank the Bertie Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Probation and Parole, and Bertie Communications Center for their immediate response and assistance.”