Captured bank robbery suspect ran to use drugs he 'scored'

Captured bank robbery suspect ran to use drugs he 'scored'

Bank robbery suspect Randy Earl Asbury was captured during a traffic stop late Wednesday night, according to Davidson County sheriff's deputies.

Asbury was wanted in Tuesday's robbery at New Bridge Bank on Old US Highway 52 in Lexington. Officials say Asbury robbed the bank at knife point just three weeks after being listed as an escapee from a West Virginia prison.

Officials say they captured Asbury, 61, around 11:30 p.m. near Highway 8 in Lexington. Investigators received information that Asbury would be in a car with a relative and he was captured when a traffic stop was made.

According to deputies, Asbury had crack cocaine and said he wasn't running to get away, but to get somewhere to use the drugs he "scored."

"Somewhere in the process he had scored some drugs and he said he wasn't running so much to get away as to get the opportunity to use his drugs," Davidson County Sheriff David Grice told WBTV.

Asbury said he ran to a creek before hiding in a thick underbrush for nearly seven hours, coming out around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

"He told us that he had jumped and ran into the wood and went into a creek and found some extremely thick foliage, vegetation, and just crawled up under the vegetation and apparently we walked all around him," Sheriff Grice said.  "The dog walked all around him.  He stayed there all day.  He laid in the underbrush."

He was also wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service on a federal warrant for escape because he did not report to a halfway house in Charlotte as is required under the terms of his prison release.

Asbury is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

He was taken to the Davidson County Detention Center where he was given a $500,000 secured bond for Davidson County charges. He was given no bond for the federal warrant.

Sheriff Grice praised the work of his investigators, noting that it was almost exactly 36 hours from the time the bank was robbed until Asbury was apprehended.  Calling it "good old fashioned police work," Grice also thanked the other agencies involved in the search and capture, as well as the media for reporting on the incident.

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