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Robbery suspect chase ends in crash

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Police say a man accused of trying to rob a Subway restaurant caused a Thursday crash at the intersection of Raleigh Road Parkway and Airport Boulevard while fleeing from Wilson police and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies.
Police say a man accused of trying to rob a Subway restaurant caused a Thursday crash at the intersection of Raleigh Road Parkway and Airport Boulevard while fleeing from Wilson police and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies.
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A Wilson man faces multiple charges after authorities say he robbed a Subway restaurant twice in four days and led police on a high-speed chase that resulted in a Thursday crash with several other vehicles at the intersection of Raleigh Road Parkway and Airport Boulevard.

Wilson police responded to a 7:16 p.m. call regarding an attempted armed robbery at the Subway located at 1301 Ward Blvd. The store’s clerk said the man who had previously robbed the store on Sunday returned and tried to rob the store again, according to police.

The clerks challenged the robber, who police later identified as 57-year-old Paul Fred Bass, to show them a gun and one of the clerks armed herself with a knife, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud. Bass fled the store toward McDonalds without any money, officials said.

THE CHASE

Police spotted Bass’ car on Ward Boulevard traveling toward Raleigh Road Parkway. The officer initiated a traffic stop on Raleigh Road Parkway after receiving backup from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Stroud said.

Bass stopped the car but sped away after authorities gave commands, police said.

Sheriff’s deputies chased Bass, who caused a crash with four other vehicles near the Raleigh Road Parkway and Airport Boulevard intersection, officials said.

Authorities detained Bass, who was injured as a result of the crash and received medical treatment at Wilson Medical Center, Stroud said.

Another person was injured in the crash and was taken to a hospital for medical treatment, according to state troopers.

SUNDAY’S ROBBERY

Police said Bass also robbed the Ward Boulevard Subway location on Sunday. Clerks told police that he entered the store, demanded money and wore a bandanna over his face, according to Stroud.

Bass told the clerks he had a gun and placed his hand in his sweatshirt pocket as if he had a hidden handgun, police said. He ran from the store and headed toward McDonalds with an unknown amount of money, officials said.

CHARGES AND CRIMINAL HISTORY

Bass is charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of attempted armed robbery from Thursday’s incident. Deputies charged Bass with felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He also faces charges including careless and reckless driving, red light violation and exceeding the posted speed limit, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Barry Burnette.

Bass, who has an extensive criminal history, was assigned a $500,000 secured bond.

He recently served several years in prison for robbery convictions, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Bass was convicted in Johnston County in 2008 for attempted armed robbery. Other convictions include a 2008 common-law robbery in Wilson County. He was convicted of a 2001 armed robbery in Johnston County and possession of a firearm by felon.

Bass also served time for another 2001 common-law robbery in Wilson County, according to state records.

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