Bank robbery suspect in jail

Returned from South Carolina


The man accused of attempting to rob a Benson bank at gunpoint is behind bars after his extradition from his home state.

Benson police detectives took Ronnie Hiram Wessinger Jr. into custody late Thursday.

He now sits in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $1 million secured bond and faces felony charges of attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

On April 2, police say Mr. Wessinger walked into the PNC Bank with a gun and his hooded sweatshirt pulled tight around his face.

During the attempted robbery, a civilian inside the bank drew a pistol and fired two shots, striking the suspect in the ankle and hip area.

Mr. Wessinger was hospitalized due to the wounds, but eluded arrest by leaving the Raleigh hospital before warrants could be served.

He was taken into custody a day later in South Carolina, where he was jailed before waiving extradition.


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