Man who claimed to have bomb during Sampson County bank robbery now in custody

Jonathan Andrew Bruce

EASTOVER, N.C. (WNCN) — A man who authorities say threatened that he had a bomb while robbing a bank in Roseboro has been taken into custody in Cumberland County, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, Jonathan Andrew Bruce, 23, of Wade is accused of going to a First Citizens Bank in Roseboro in Sampson County and telling an employee that he had a bomb on him and then demanded money.

Bank tellers were able to get the license plate number off Bruce’s getaway vehicle, officials said.


Authorities in Sampson County issued a be on the lookout for the suspect around 9:45 a.m.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to Bruce’s home where he later drove by in a Chevy Impala.

Bruce was taken into custody at the scene and has been returned to Sampson County, Cumberland County authorities said.

“The bank tellers, who were able to get the license plate and provide accurate suspect descriptions, were the key to solving this robbery as quickly as we did. I would also like to thank the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in taking Bruce into custody,” said Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton.

The vehicle, which is still at the scene of where the traffic stop was made, was investigated by a bomb squad to make sure that there’s no bomb in the vehicle, and if there is, that it can be safely detonated.

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