Durham man dubbed ‘Ball Cap Bandit’ arrested by FBI in Texas


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Officials say a man wanted in multiple robberies across North Carolina, dubbed the “Ball Cap Bandit” by the FBI, was arrested in Texas Wednesday.

Newton police say 50-year-old Melvin Andrew Williamson, of Durham faces charges in six different bank robberies. Five of the banks were robbed in April.

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According to police, Williamson was robbing banks to “support his drug habit of cocaine and various other drugs.”

“Apparently, when he ran out of money Williamson would rob a bank and use the money for drugs until he could get to his next location to rob again,” police say.

Five of the six banks robbed include:

  • BB&T on North Carolina Highway in Hickory (April 13)
  • State Employees’ Credit Union on S. Fifth Street in Mebane (April 18)
  • BB&T on Yadkinville Road in Mocksville (April 24)
  • First Citizens Bank on College Avenue in Newton (April 26)
  • State Employees’ Credit Union on Ben Franklin Boulevard in Durham (April 28)

The FBI says in each robbery, Williamson wore a dark-colored ball cap and passed a note to the teller.

After receiving the money, he left all the banks on foot, but was believed to have a getaway car parked nearby.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the FBI at 704-672-6100 or local law enforcement.


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