Third suspect arrested in March bank robbery, police chase

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Darrick Lee Jones
Darrick Lee Jones

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a downtown bank robbery and vehicle chase reported last month.

Darrick Lee Jones, 42, of Washington D.C., was arrested at New Hanover Regional Medical Center just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to New Hanover County jail records.

Jones was charged in connection with a robbery at Bank of America, 319 N. Third St., on March 23, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. Two men reportedly robbed the bank at with a knife and fled in a Toyota driven by a third suspect, Lindsay said.

Police pursued the suspects in a “high-speed chase” until the suspects’ vehicle wrecked near the intersection of Eastwood Road and Wrightsville Avenue. Five vehicles, including the suspects’ vehicle, were involved in the wreck.

Jimmy Cox, 23, and Brenton Donnell Jenkins, 18, also of Washington D.C., were arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. Cox and Jenkins were booked under $1 million secured bonds at the New Hanover County jail on March 23.

Jones has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony speeding to elude arrest with aggravating factors. He was booked at the New Hanover County jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

Jimmy Cox
Jimmy Cox

Brenton Donnell Jenkins
Brenton Donnell Jenkins