The man who took hostages at a Cary bank Thursday afternoon apparently asked someone to call police shortly after he arrived, according to a 911 call released this morning.
On a brief recording of the call, a woman calmly says she is calling from the Wachovia bank at 10050 Green Level Church Road.
"We're getting robbed, and the guy told me to call the police," the woman says.
The woman said the man had jumped the teller line and was holding a gun inside a hat to the head of the bank's service manager. She said the man had not demanded anything other than the phone call.
"He told me to call, and he's like whispering in her ear," she says, apparently referring to the manager.
The call was made just before 3 p.m. Three hours later, a man police identified as Devon Mitchell, 19, of Cary emerged from the bank holding a gun to the head of a woman. Police shot and killed Mitchell.
Rob Samara, manager at the Subway near the bank, said Mitchell came in restaurant Thursday morning and asked to use the restroom. He said the young man did not buy anything, but stopped and talked to two Cary police officers where were eating there. He seemed to know them, Samara said, and their conversation appeared friendly.
Mitchell, in fact, ate at the Subway frequently.
"Everyone was surprised," Samara said. "Everyone knew him. He was friendly."
Police say they will not likely release a report on the incident until the middle of next week. Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore and the rest of the department say they will not grant interviews for the foreseeable future.
Wake County schools officials say Mitchell was a student at Panther Creek High School, where he re-enrolled as a ninth grader on Jan. 31 after nearly 2 1/2 years away.
Mitchell had spent nearly a year at Panther Creek in 2007 and 2008, when he was member of the wrestling team. But on Sept. 12, 2008, school officials said, Mitchell stopped attending classes.