NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Two people face charges of larceny and hindering and delaying a police investigation following a bizarre incident that took place at a credit union Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities identified the man and woman as Roy Augusta Smith II and Shanita Wynette Reid.
Authorities say that just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Smith walked into the North Carolina State Employee Credit Union on Converse Drive and put his hand out at a bank window.
He did not say anything; he just stood there with his hand open.
After a short time, Smith walked out of the bank, and SECU employees called 911 to report a suspicious person.
He then approached a woman who was outside using a machine to exchange coins for cash. When he walked up to her, he took about a dollar's worth of coins.
The bank alarm then went off.
The suspect then got into the passenger side of a vehicle with a Reid driving.
Nearby officers responded, and according to NHC Dispatch, the pair in the car refused to pull over at first. When they did pull over, officers say they refused commands.
At one point in a video that was sent in by a WECT viewer, you can see an officer approach Smith on the passenger side of the car. It is unclear what exactly happened, but you can see from the video that he falls to the ground, limp.
The officer then drags the suspect by his feet and kicks the subject on the ground at least twice. A WPD spokesperson said officers responded to the call as if it were an actual bank robbery, where suspects are possibly armed.
Before they were taken into custody, Smith was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for suspected drug use. He's now under a $10,000 bond.
Reid was charged with resist/obstruct and delay, She posted bond and was released.
A WPD spokesperson says any video that was shot by the public or any dashcam will be reviewed by the department. Also, according to a spokesperson, authorities are looking into the use of force in the case. It's part of the routine investigation when any form of force is used.
While this incident was going on, a WPD officer was involved in a crash.
Officer Stephen Griffith, in a tan Dodge Stratus with flashing emergency lights, made an attempt to turn onto Converse. In the process, Griffith collided with a white Jeep Liberty. They were checked out and cleared by emergency responders at the scene. The investigation is on-going, but it looks like the officer's unmarked vehicle did not have adequate emergency lights to signal the turn.
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