Would-be robber arrested

Published 9:59 am Thursday, December 6, 2012

ROXOBEL – It wasn’t exactly returning to the scene of the crime, but it was close.

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley said his office received a tip Tuesday afternoon as to the whereabouts of alleged would-be bank robber Randolph Hyman Jr., AKA “Tree Top.”

The location was just across the street from the Southern Bank in Roxobel that Hyman allegedly attempted to rob last week.

“We received a call and went out to the home which was just across the street from the bank,” Holley said. “We found him hiding in the home and he was taken into custody without incident.”

Hyman was charged with attempted common law robbery and extortion and placed in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Holley, Chief Deputy Greg Atkins and both the narcotics and detectives unit of the sheriff’s office joined patrol deputies in making the arrest.

Hyman is reportedly facing charges in Martin County, which are believe to be related to the robbery of a convenience store in Williamston just a new hours after the failed attempt to rob the bank in Roxobel.

Holley said Hyman will not be the only person arrested in the attempted bank robbery. Additional arrests are expected in the near future.

“I appreciate the anonymous caller providing the information they gave us,” Holley said. “It is always good when the citizens work with us to put people like this behind bars.”

In the attempted bank robbery on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Hyman allegedly entered the financial facility located on Main Street (NC 308) where he passed a note to a teller demanding money. However, Hyman reportedly did not display any type of weapon and the teller refused to hand over any cash.

That night, a suspect, believed to be Hyman, held up the Wilco Hess on East Boulevard in Williamston. This time a weapon was reportedly used in the heist.