Robbery suspect located in North Carolina
NEW CUMBERLAND – One of the suspects in the Feb. 19 robbery of the Hancock County Savings Bank in New Cumberland is behind bars.
Several media outlets were reporting late Tuesday that Russell Frederick Culbreth, 34, was apprehended in North Carolina in connection with the robbery of a Carter Bank & Trust branch earlier in the day in Fayetteville, N.C.
Culbreth and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Neredia Jade Marie Ferrer, were identified last week by Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher as suspects in the local bank robbery
Fletcher issued warrants on both individuals, and believed at the time they had ventured out of state.
Fayetteville police told The Fayetteville Observer newspaper that a person walked into Carter Bank & Trust, handed a note to a teller, took an undisclosed amount of money and ran out of the facility.
A Fayetteville firefighter witnessed the suspected robber exit the bank and drive away in a black vehicle, police told the newspaper. He called police, gave a description of the vehicle, and officers responding quickly were able to track it down.
A pursuit took place before the vehicle stopped near a local elementary school, the newspaper reported, and the two men inside got out and ran away, police said.
Following a short foot chase, the Fayetteville officers captured the alleged robbers, one of whom was Culbreth.
Another Fayetteville media outlet reported the suspects’ vehicle crashed into a fence along a stretch of roadway about 3 miles from the bank, and that the nearby elementary school was placed in lock down as a security measure.
Fletcher has reported that Culbreth also may be responsible for a robbery in Virginia.
As of Tuesday night, Ferrer remained at large.
Culbreth, a convicted felon from a previous robbery in South Carolina, faces a charge of bank robbery in Hancock County. Ferrer faces a charge of being an accessory to bank robbery.