WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington police have three suspects in custody after a bank robbery led to a chase and eventual crash near Wrightsville Beach Monday morning.
Police arrested 23-year-old Jimmy Cox, 18-year-old Brenton Jenkins, and 42-year-old Darrick Lee Jones. All the suspects are from the Washington, D.C. area.
According to the WPD, officers pursued the suspects after they allegedly robbed the Bank of America on North Third Street. We're told two men entered the bank with a "bladed instrument" and demanded money from a bank teller.
A 911 caller described the scene.
"They grabbed my assistant manager. He walked out of the vault. Thank God they didn't go back there," a 911 caller said.
The suspects fled the scene in a dark-colored Toyota, driven by a third man.
Officials say the chase lasted approximately six minutes, with the suspects' vehicle reaching speeds of 100 mph before side-swiping another vehicle that was turning into the intersection at Wrightsville Avenue and Eastwood Road. Police say the suspects' vehicle then collided with a different vehicle head-on, which caused a chain reaction of accidents.
After the collision, police say two of the suspects attempted to flee the area but were quickly apprehended by officers.
Five total vehicles and about 10 individuals were involved in the wreck. No one was seriously injured.
James Flowers was one of the people who was hit. He said he is thankful to be alive.
"I thought it was over. I seen the car slow down in HD, and the car slowed all the way down and it just hit, it just crashed," Flowers explained. "I just look at it and thank God. I don't know how I got up out that car."
The three suspects were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials temporarily shut down Eastwood Road from Canal Street to Airlie Road as crews worked to clear the scene. Officials say Eastwood Road and Wrightsville Avenue have since been open to traffic.
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and Wrightsville Beach Police assisted in the apprehension of the suspects.
Cox and Jenkins have been placed in the New Hanover County jail and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping. Both were given a $1 million bond.
Jones was placed in jail Wednesday, after his release from the hospital, with the same charges, as well as felony speeding to allude with aggravating factors. He was given a $500,000 bond.
Authorities say more charges could be coming.
Mobile users can view photos of the crash scene here.