70-year-old man, nicknamed ‘Shorty,' accused of robbing bank

by: Mark Becker Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The call came in from the Wells Fargo Bank branch on South Boulevard on Wednesday morning. Employees were holding a man with a gun who'd tried to rob them.

When police got there they found maybe the last person they would expect to walk into a bank and try to rob it. They said it was 70-year-old Roosevelt Curry, a man who had never been arrested before and whose only brush with the law in 20 years was driving with an expired license tag.

“I really don't know what to tell you. What was going on with his frame of mind?” his daughter, Tracey Carter, told Eyewitness News Thursday.

She said her father had left earlier in the morning to get the oil changed in his pickup truck and that on the way he had had a fender-bender, and an hour later they got a call saying that police were holding him for attempted robbery.

It doesn’t fit with the man who had raised seven children and now cares for his blind wife at the home they’ve had for more than 40 years in a neighborhood off South Boulevard where everyone knows him by his nickname, Shorty.

“I can't see him doing that! I just can't see him doing that,” said Henry Butler, who has known Curry since he moved into the neighborhood.

One possible explanation, Tracey Carter said, could be that her father was upset because a contractor had taken several thousand dollars out of his bank account to remodel a bathroom.

“He had been struggling with the bank to try to get his money back,” Carter said.

After talking with her father from jail, she’s not sure he has the answers either.

“He just said that he was sorry.  He don't know what happened.  He's sorry. He said, 'I don't know what happened,'” Carter said.

Curry did not say anything as he made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.  A district court judge appointed a public defender to represent him, but would not allow him to be released from jail without posting bond.