NEW INFO: Police Identify Suspects In Windsor Bank Robbery

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Windsor Police Chief J.T. Lane identifies the suspects as 45-year-old William Twine and 50-year-old Michael Rankins, both of Edenton.

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Two men are in custody after a bank robbery this afternoon in Windsor.

Windsor Police Chief J.T. Lane identifies the suspects as 45-year-old William Twine and 50-year-old Michael Rankins, both of Edenton.

Police say Twine and Rankins are charged with armed robbery and assault. Rankins' bond was set at $400,000, while Twine is being held under no bond.

Windsor Police believe the suspects robbed the Wells Fargo on King Street around 4:25 p.m.

Chief Lane says two men came into the bank and showed the teller a handgun. Another employee realized what was happening and was able to get out a back door and call 911 from the library next door.

The two left with an undisclosed amount of cash and witnesses gave authorities a description of the vehicle and the robbers.

Lane says one of his officers spotted the vehicle on Old U.S. 17 North, and that officer, as well as a trooper and deputy sheriff began a chase.

That chase ended at the intersection of Old U.S. 17 and U.S. 17 Bypass when the vehicle lost control and overturned, according to Lane.

The chief says the two men inside tried to get away, but were both apprehended. He says no one was injured.

The men are still being questioned, and the investigations remains open.

Chief Lane says this was an excellent example of law enforcement agencies working together and says it was outstanding teamwork that led to the quick apprehension.


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