UPDATE: No charges filed following attempted robbery


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police said a 66-year-old man was taken into custody after an attempted bank robbery on Thursday.

“Not what you would have thought that they were going to bring out,” witness Ronna Everly. “It was an older gentlemen, just like your grandpa.”

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Wilmington Police spokeswoman Linda Thompson said the incident happened around noon at Wells Fargo off Military Cutoff near the Mayfaire Shopping Center around noon.

Police said the man gave a teller a note demanding money. He then went to another teller and gave the money back, asking the teller to call the police.

A witness on the scene tells WWAY they saw multiple people running out of the bank.

“We started seeing people running out with their hands in the air and police yelling at them to ‘hurry up, hurry up, hurry up!'” Everly said.

Thompson said the bomb squad was on the scene investigating a possible suspicious package. She later confirmed the package was a backpack brought in by the suspect. WPD cleared the bag as non-dangerous.

Police said no weapons were involved. There have been no reported injuries.

We do not know the name of the suspect at this time.

The District Attorney and FBI are not pressing charges because they said the suspect suffers from mental problems. He is currently being committed to a mental health facility.