PNC branch robbed by man threatening he had a bomb
by David Leone
WAKEFIELD — A Raleigh man is in jail after he allegedly robbed a PNC bank and stole a minivan out of the parking lot Monday while threatening he had a bomb.
Law enforcement officers quickly caught up to the suspect, Scott Randall Gray, 51, of Raleigh, taking him into custody within minutes.
No bomb was found.
Gray is charged with two felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. He allegedly walked into the bank in the Wakefield Commons shopping center on New Falls of Neuse Road shortly after 1:30 p.m.
“[This is] PNC Bank — We’re getting robbed,” an employee told a 911 operator while the robbery was in progress. She saw it go down via security camera while in a back room.
Gray allegedly entered the bank wearing a white dress shirt and tie, announced the robbery, and said he had a bomb in a bag he was carrying, according to Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue.
“I heard yelling. I heard screaming,” the employee said. “He’s taking off in — I think it’s a white van.”
The man then demanded the keys to a Kia Sedona in the parking lot. A bank customer surrendered the keys and the suspect fled in the Kia.
The bag that was said to contain an explosive device was left inside the bank and the bank was evacuated. The bag was later determined to not be a danger.
A short distance away, the suspect changed vehicles and got in a gold 2000 Honda Accord. A witness reported it to law enforcement officers and the vehicle was stopped a short time later by Wake Sheriff’s Office deputies near the intersection of Six Forks and Strickland roads.
“The suspect … made spontaneous utterances implicating himself in the bank robbery,” a vehicle search warrant filed by Raleigh Police Detective T.D. Maddocks states.
The warrant also describes that inside the vehicle was $1,887 in cash, a 2011 tax form, a blue shirt, sunglasses, red ball cap, cellphone and a black briefcase.
He was taken to the Wake County jail where, as of press deadline Tuesday, he was being held on a $150,000 secured bond.
Gray and another person were initially detained at the traffic stop. No charges have been filed against that person and he has been released.
A Raleigh police report lists Gray as vice-president of sales for Sterling Payment Technologies, a point-of-sale payment processing agency, generally used for credit card sales.
His address on the police report was listed as Wake Town Drive, which is the location of several motels.
Gray has eight previous felony Wake County convictions consolidated for judgement for obtaining property or services by false pretenses, for which he was sentenced to probation in 2002.