Hostage-Taker In Cary Bank Standoff Sought 911 Call

A worker who called 911 at the start of a three-hour standoff in a North Carolina bank told authorities she was calling at the request of an armed man who was holding the bank's service manager at gunpoint.

The audio tape released Friday includes the worker calmly describing the situation to dispatchers. She said the man had jumped over the teller line and held a gun to the manager's head. Asked if he had demanded anything other than the phone call to police, she said no.

Police say 19-year-old Devon Mitchell of Cary barricaded himself inside the bank with as many as seven hostages, including one who was hidden and feeding information to authorities. He was killed as he emerged from the bank Thursday night with a gun pointed at a hostage's head.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Authorities have identified the man they say took several hostages at a North Carolina bank before police shot him to death as he tried to leave with a woman while pointing a gun to her head.

Cary police said none of the hostages was injured Thursday during the three-hour standoff with 19-year-old Devon Mitchell.

Authorities say the standoff began after an attempted bank robbery. Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore says killing the suspect is not how authorities had hoped the standoff would end.

Bazemore says seven people were inside the bank and six of them were taken hostage. The seventh hid from the gunman and was giving information to police about what was happening in the bank.


The Cary police chief says the suspect has been shot to death after taking four hostages inside a Wachovia bank branch.

TV footage showed the suspect being shot as he walked out of the bank with a gun to the head of a hostage. Two ambulances pulled up to the Wachovia branch in Cary around 6:15 p.m. Thursday after what sounded like gunfire. None of the hostages was hurt.

Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore said earlier that the man let two of the four people go unharmed about two hours after the hostage situation began as a robbery attempt.

The bank is near a strip mall not far from the subdivisions that make up the suburb of 137,000 people about 10 miles west of Raleigh.


Authorities say an armed man released two of four people he had been holding hostage at a Wachovia bank branch in a Raleigh, N.C., suburb.

Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore said the two women were let go unharmed at 5 p.m. Thursday, about two hours after the hostage situation began as a robbery attempt.

Bazemore didn't say whether the hostages were employees or customers.

Town spokeswoman Carrie Roman says police talked to the gunman immediately after the robbery, which was reported around 3 p.m.. Since then they have had limited contact with him.

Dozens of officers have surrounded the bank near a strip mall not far from the subdivisions that make up the suburb of 137,000 people about 10 miles west of Raleigh.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Good Job Location: Eastern on Feb 12, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    To Kathy- Horrible job? I believe all hostages were alive and no one was injured except the suspect. I believe that is a GREAT job. Just because there is a negotiator doesn't mean the suspect is going give up as well. He did a great job as did the Cary PD. Great out come!!
  • by clint on Feb 12, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    Mentally deranged guy intent on getting himself shot by police. A negotiator would not be able to stop that if the guy is determined. Bad situation but the police did what they had to do to protect the victims.
  • by uh oh Location: Enc on Feb 12, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    Mental health care simplified.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Feb 12, 2011 at 05:38 AM
    What a horrible hostage negotiator if indeed there was one. Every police dept, no matter how small, need an officer trained in hostage negotiation. This ended badly and should not have happened. I am not taken up for the criminal but this could have ended better, faster and with everyone still alive and a criminal to face trial.
  • by clint on Feb 12, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    With latest news it doesn't sound like a robbery at all. Suicide by cop is more likely if in fact he went in and instructed a hostage to call 911.
  • by tasha Location: jacksonville on Feb 11, 2011 at 06:28 PM
    The man had a history of mental promblems, maybe he was not just a thug as some of you say,.
  • by RdoubleD on Feb 11, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    Finally some good news!
  • by S Location: ENC on Feb 11, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    Score a great victory for the good guys! Just another thug that the public will not have to worry about...and society will not have to support...Justice wins this one...for once.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 05:01 PM
    To add to my post @7:07PM yesterday,I took a nutria out at 980 yards today.You need me!
  • by To Wolfgang on Feb 11, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    He wasn't shot bu a sniper, he was shot by an LEO with what appears to be a handgun at close range, around 25 feet or so. Robber was paying too much attention to the hostage or something, from what I can tell.

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