Crime & Courts

Authorities suspend search for escapee suspected of robbing bank

Law enforcement officials suspended a search late Tuesday for a man they believe robbed a bank in Davidson County after escaping from a West Virginia prison.

The NewBridge bank in the Davidson County town of Welcome was robbed Tuesday morning around 11 a.m. Police believe the robber was 61-year-old Randy Earl Asbury, who escaped from Federal Correctional Institution Gilmer in Glenville, West Virginia, on June 24.

Asbury had been released from the prison but was supposed to report to a halfway house. He never showed up.

He was serving time in West Virginia after being convicted of robbing a Lexington bank in 2003. After the robbery, he tried to run over a Salisbury Police officer during a high speed chase.

On Tuesday, authorities told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, that Asbury led pursuers on a high-speed chase from Davidson County into Rowan County, and drove a car into a wooded area when a road came to a dead end. He hadn’t been seen since.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson