Bank Evacuated After Man Makes Bomb Threat

Police say an angry customer threatened to blow up a bank.

Greenville police say it happened at the Bank of America on Stantonsburg Road around 2:50 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say 68-year-old Raymond Jones of Merrick, New York was having a dispute with the bank about his account balance. Police say he made threats, saying he had a bomb and a gun. At that point the teller activated the silent alarm and police soon arrived. They set up a perimeter, the bank was evacuated and the man surrendered after police made contact with him.

The bank was searched to make sure there was no bomb or gun inside. None was found.

At first police said Jones was going to be charged with making a false bomb threat, which is a felony. Now they say the man will be charged with communicating threats.


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  • by here Location: here on Mar 2, 2012 at 06:03 AM
    Stupid is as stupid does.
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      by Jane Doe on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:52 AM in reply to here
      He really isn't a stupid man. You have no idea of the matter. People with blood sugar issues get confused, and can do and say things that are very out of character.
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Mar 2, 2012 at 03:32 AM
    I wonder why GPD wimped out and not let this moron hold a Federal charge on the bomb threat?
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      by REM on Mar 2, 2012 at 04:40 AM in reply to Gerry
      Why would be be charged with a federal crime?
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      by Jane Doe on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:54 AM in reply to Gerry
      GPD didn't wimp out. When you don't know the whole story, it's easy to jump to conclusions. Be careful what you comment on.
  • by Cool Hand Luke on Mar 1, 2012 at 08:21 PM
    Angry B/M from New York, hope they did not tow his Caddi!
  • by Southern Girl Location: G'vegas on Mar 1, 2012 at 07:29 PM
    I am wondering if this is the same jerk who made quite a scene in Wells Fargo today. What a mad and crazy world we live in.
  • by Grumpy Location: G'Vegas on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:47 PM
    Ok BOA does suck big time, but this is the wrong way to handle it.
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      by NC Resident on Mar 2, 2012 at 05:59 AM in reply to Grumpy
      True. All banks suck big time. They're bleeding us dry and while I don't condone what this man did, I certainly sympathize.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM in reply to NC Resident
        How is it that banks are bleeding people dry??? With NSF and overdraft fees? If people would learn how to control their finances, then they wouldn't have hefty fees to pay. Do you think it costs the banks nothing to operate? I work at a bank and have for 17 years and have come across people with your mentality more often than I would like. If this guy had a problem with his account and acted like he had some sense, he very well may have gotten some kind of satisfaction. But if someone comes into my bank and acts like an idiot and makes threats to me and my employees, you will be asked to leave and if you don't, then the police will remove you. I've had to do it before, I'll do it again.
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          by anon on Mar 2, 2012 at 01:29 PM in reply to
          Ridiculous fees, paying ceo's extravagant salaries, having to be bailed out by taxpayers, faulty investments, bad mortgage loans, Need I go on...?
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          by To: Anon on Mar 2, 2012 at 06:59 PM in reply to
          Uneducated, wishing you had a CEO's extravagant salary, having to be bailed out by your parents, stupid investment descitions, defaulted on your mortgage loan, Need I go on...?
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        by Really? on Mar 3, 2012 at 05:38 AM in reply to NC Resident
        And if YOU were a bank owner, YOU would change things? You'd reduce fees? You'd accept a major paycut?...I seriously doubt it!
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Mar 1, 2012 at 05:55 PM
    Great job to the teller. Douglas said it well. This man was old enough to know better.
  • by Douglas Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2012 at 04:33 PM
    You don't make those kind of comments at banks, airports, schools...
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 1, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    That was NOT a smart move...
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 1, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    That was NOT a smart move...
  • by Tim Coulson on Mar 1, 2012 at 01:28 PM
    Go back to NY....
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