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Police arrest wanted suspect in Jacksonville bank robbery

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:52:48 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 11 2013 09:13:38 PM CDT
Alonzo Murrell
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Police arrested Alfonzo Murrell in Lenoir County on Friday. Murrell was wanted in connection with a Jacksonville bank robbery.

The arrest came after Lenoir County deputies received an anonymous tip from a caller. Deputies say the caller reported seeing Murrell at an abandoned residence in Grifton.  Lenoir County Sheriff’s Criminal Detectives and the US Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force of the Eastern District of North Carolina went to the address and surrounded the residence. Deputies say they entered and located Murrell inside. They say Murrell was taken into custody without incident.

According to investigators, Murrell allegedly robbed the PNC Bank at 2885 Western Blvd., near Henderson Drive. The heist happened at about 11:46 a.m. on Sept. 13. He escaped with an unknown amount of cash, police said.

Investigators did not say if the man was armed.

It was thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip that allowed the suspect to be identified, police said. Crime Stoppers can be reached at (910) 938-3273. Callers can remain anonymous.