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Man charged in University City bank heist

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chased down a man Tuesday who they say was responsible for robbing a University City bank.

Tony Jess Combs II, 24, has been charged with common law robbery. Police say he was the man who walked into a PNC Bank branch in the 200 block of East W.T. Harris Boulevard about 2:20 p.m. and committed the robbery.

A few minutes after the robbery, a University City division police officer spotted a man who fit the description of the suspect. When the officer stopped the man to speak with him, police say, the suspect ran off. Police chased him on foot and caught him a short time later.

FBI agents soon arrived, and police say the man they caught was carrying money taken from the bank.

Combs has been arrested six times in the past three years, but most of the charges were misdemeanors. However, he was charged with kidnapping and second-degree sex offense in October.

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