Bank robbery suspect arrested

Last updated 08:45 05/04/2014

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A bank robbery suspect's luck evading police eventually ran out.

Police searched Napier's suburbs yesterday looking for the man who held up a Kiwibank and Postshop in Marewa at gunpoint about 9am yesterday.

But Napier police confirmed last night the suspect, 40-year-old Junior Jury, had been found in a house in Marewa. 

He had been arrested and charged with the robbery. He will appear in Napier District Court tomorrow.

Detective Sergeant Heath Jones said the robber entered the Kennedy Rd store with a pistol, approached a staff member and demanded money.

After cash was handed over, the man fled the scene on a bike, leaving the staff ''extremely shaken,'' Jones said.

The suspect was seen on the bike with another person on nearby Douglas McLean Ave. 

The other person was found and arrested yesterday, and was being questioned.

Following the robbery, the armed offenders squad surrounded housing units in Roberts Terrace, Onekawa, where Jury was believed to have hidden, but he was not found.

Police knew Jury had contacts in Gisborne, and could have also headed there to evade police.

During the robbery, the suspect had been wearing red shorts, a black hoodie and a black and white bandanna. 

These were found dumped in an empty house, Jones said.

The police had conducted an extensive search looking for Jury, but for much of the day he "proved elusive,'' Jones said before the arrest. 

''It is important that we find him as soon as possible.''

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