Robbery suspect arrested in Knightdale

aspecht@newsobserver.comMay 18, 2013 

Jimmy Seth Perry

WAKE JAIL

— Local police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of robbing a bank in Raleigh.

Jimmy Seth Perry, 62, of 200 Stone Path Drive, Fuquay-Varina, is charged with common law robbery. Raleigh police allege Perry entered the State Employees’ Credit Union at 1595 Corporation Pkwy in Raleigh about 2 p.m. and handed a note to a teller, who complied with the note’s demands.

According to Raleigh police, Perry fled the bank on foot and was seen getting in a taxi. Raleigh police then notified Knightdale police to watch for a taxi traveling eastbound on New Bern Avenue.

Knightdale police spotted the taxi almost immediately upon receiving notice from Raleigh, said Knightdale police Chief Jason Godwin.

“One of our officers saw it immediately and followed it into the IHOP parking lot,” Godwin said, referring to the restaurant on Knightdale Boulevard. “We don’t have a tremendous amount of taxis in town, so it was discernable.”

Perry was arrested in the IHOP parking lot without incident, Godwin said. Raleigh police arrived at the scene within moments.

“We literally got him out of the car and were frisking him as Raleigh showed up,” Godwin said. Jim Sughrue, a spokesman for Raleigh police, said cash taken during the robbery was recovered.

Perry remains in the Wake County jail on $50,000 bond.

Specht: 919-829-4826

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