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FBI Announces Reward Offer for Bank Robbers

FBI Buffalo December 14, 2009
  • Supervisory Special Agent Gregory D. Nelsen (716) 843-5265

James H. Robertson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Buffalo Field Office, announces a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two individuals wanted for committing a violent bank robbery in North Carolina. Philip Purdue and Gregory Young are wanted on state of North Carolina arrest warrants issued on 11/24/2010 and 11/23/2010, respectively. The warrants allege that Purdue and Young conspired to and committed felonious bank robbery with a dangerous weapon at a Fidelity Bank in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, on 11/22/2010. The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force in Buffalo has not eliminated the possibility that Purdue is also responsible for multiple bank robberies in Buffalo and Jamestown, New York.

The two fugitives are described as follows:

  • Gregory Young (date of birth 11/27/1991) height 5’8” weight 200 lbs
  • Philip Purdue (date of birth 08/19/1978) height 6’2” weight 160 lbs

Following the issuance of the state arrest warrants, local law enforcement and the FBI in North Carolina believed Purdue and Young had fled the area, and on 12/03/2010, federal arrest warrants for “Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution” were issued for the two fugitives. Based on information recently developed by law enforcement, it is believed Purdue and Young are currently in the Buffalo area.

Purdue and Young are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information as to their location can contact the FBI in Buffalo at 716-856-7800. All calls can remain confidential.