• Arrests made in Valdese bank robbery


    VALDESE, N.C. - Police arrested two people they said robbed a bank and led them on a two-county chase just before 3 p.m. on Thursday.

    Police said Israel Williams went into the BB&T on Main Street in Valdese and demanded money from the tellers and fled in a U-Haul box van.

    A witness advised officers on the scene, the suspect got into a U-Haul Box Van driven by a white female and left driving North on Carolina Street towards Interstate 40. Officers notified surrounding agencies of the suspect vehicle and the U-Haul was located at a McDonald’s restaurant at Exit 116 off Interstate 40.

    Stephanie Houston Salisbury was taken into custody by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot of McDonald’s as Israel Adam Williams drove away.

    Authorities were able to chase him down to Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory where they took him into custody.

    Both were charged with common law robbery and possession of stolen goods.

    Williams was placed in the Burke County Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond pending his first court appearance Monday.

    Salisbury was placed in the Burke County Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond pending her first court appearance Monday.

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