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Fayetteville Bank Robbery Suspect’s Roommate Speaks Out

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The roommate of 18-year-old Zachary Porter, who police say robbed a Fayetteville bank Wednesday afternoon, tells 5NEWS that Porter had been acting strange the last few weeks.

"It does put it past me that he’d rob a bank. I wouldn’t think he’d be that stupid. And that naive," said roommate Marty White. "But as far as robbing a bank, you don’t really hear about too many people doing that, especially here. Rob an EZ-Mart, something like that, you know. That’s a bit lower, but a bank?"

Porter received a bond of $50,000 in the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Porter was arrested near Wedington Drive following a short manhunt Wednesday.

The suspect faces charges of aggravated robbery and terroristic threatening. He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 9:38 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office. Police said Porter told them he needed money for rent. But Porter's roommate does not buy that.

"I know he is supposed to pay us $150 every two weeks, and it is coming up where he is to do one payment. But I did tell him as long as he had a job, we would take care of the bills till the 1st and he could just give it to us in full with his first check", White said.

Police responded at about 4:31 p.m. to Metropolitan National Bank in reference to a bank robbery. Officers arrived three minutes later.

Officers were told that a man walked into the bank and handed the teller a note implying he had a bomb, according to Fayetteville police.

Investigators said the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and was later apprehended by police on Persimmon Street.

Police arrived on-scene shortly after the robbery and began searching for Porter. The suspect was arrested and handcuffed near the scene before being placed in a police car.

Sgt. Craig Stout said police didn't find a bomb and no one was hurt.

Police are still investigating.

Meanwhile, White is saddened by the incident and said Porter had a job interview with Taco Bell on Thursday.

"He just turned 18. He's still a kid. He is young and dumb and he ruined his life".

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