New Hanover County inmate charged with NewBridge Bank robbery, dies in Central Prison

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Michael Shayne Rollings
Michael Shayne Rollings

RALEIGH — A Wilmington man charged with four armed robberies in the area is the subject of a death investigation at Central Prison in Raleigh. State and local Raleigh authorities on Monday announced an investigation into his apparent suicide.

Michael Shane Rollings, 36, was pronounced dead at WakeMed on Sunday, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety Spokesman Keith Acree. He was transported to the hospital Saturday afternoon after a nurse found him unresponsive in a shower at Central Prison.

Rollings was arrested by detectives with the Wilmington Police Department on Jan. 30 and booked at the New Hanover County Jail. According to police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay, he was a suspect in an ongoing bank robbery investigation, both of which took place at NewBridge Bank, 704 South College Road; one on Jan. 9 and another on Jan. 30.

Rollings was also a suspect in a robbery at Title Mart, 328 Greenville St. on Jan. 24, and another at Little Caesar’s Pizza, 4951 University Drive on Jan. 29, Lindsay said.

According to New Hanover County District Court Records, Rollings was charged with four counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lindsay said that at the time of his arrest, detectives found heroin paraphernalia in his possession.

Rollins was a pre-trial inmate from New Hanover County facing charges. The State Capitol Police Department is investigating the death, with assistance from the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification.

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