Mental illness likely a factor in fatal Cary hostage standoff ::

CARY, N.C. — A hostage standoff at a Cary bank Thursday has stirred the community and raised safety concerns in a neighborhood where residents say violent crime is increasing.

Devon Mitchell, 19, carried a knit toboggan that he said was concealing a gun into the Wachovia bank at 10050 Green Level Church Road and held seven people hostage for three hours, police said. He was fatally shot by police as he left the bank with the toboggan held to a woman’s head. Mitchell told hostages and the police that he had a gun, but Cary police said Sunday that Mitchell was not actually armed.

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