Police have arrested three teens in connection with the Feb. 25 robbery of KS Bank.
Late Friday afternoon, police arrested Donavan Kearney, 19, of 1100 Auston Grove Drive in Raleigh. He is believed to be the man who entered the bank and held tellers at gunpoint after demanding money from them. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, and three counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count for each of the employees who was in the bank at the time of the robbery.
On Thursday, police arrested Cara Elizabeth Beaver, 19, of 1913 Taramore Court in Raleigh and charged her with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and aiding and abetting an armed robbery. She was held in the Wake County jail under $150,000 bail and was scheduled for a first appearance in court on Friday.
Derrick Ahmir Jarrod Wiggins, 18, of 404 Walbury Drive in Knightdale was charged Friday morning with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and aiding and abetting an armed robbery. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
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A fourth person, a 15-year-old girl, has also been detained in juvenile custody. Her identity was not released by police because of her age.
The arrests came after police executed search warrants on two Raleigh homes on Thursday, including the one where Beaver lives and Kearney’s house.
Warrants show that police were able to identify the getaway vehicle as a tan Lexus sedan. Video evidence allowed police to identify the owner of that car as Wiggins, who police say later admitted he was driving it at the time of the robbery.
According to the search warrant, Wiggins told police Kearney had shown him the gun and told him they were going to rob a bank. He identified Beaver as Kearney’s girlfriend.
Beaver was already due in court later this month on a slew of unrelated charges, including altering a serial number on a gun, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting police and marijuana possession.
The search warrant returned on Beaver’s address showed police seized items from Beaver’s purse, ammunition, cellphones, one spent shell casing and a pair of tennis shoes.
Police did not seize any items as a result of the search warrant on Kearney’s home.
Wendell police Chief Bill Carter said the KS Bank robbery is believed to be the first bank robbery in Wendell in more than 50 years.
He said Wendell investigators got help from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, police departments in Raleigh, Knightdale and Zebulon, the Raleigh-Durham FBI Safe Streets Task Force and Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Investigation.