CORNELIUS – An Antiquity resident, believed to be involved with a Lexington bank robbery, is said to have taken his own life when police arrived to serve a warrant.
A statement given by the Cornelius Police Department said the local department was contacted by Lexington police May 9 to serve a warrant on Jonathan Scott Conley, 39, of Old Canal Street in Cornelius.
A Fidelity Bank on West Second Avenue in Lexington was robbed May 8. The suspect demanded money but didn’t show a weapon, a press release by the Lexington Police Department states. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and was seen walking down the street. No injuries were reported.
Capt. R. Rummage of the Uniformed Patrol Division for the Lexington Police Department said he could not provide specifics on the case, but said the release of the bank robbery suspect’s photo and other evidence collected at the scene led them to believe Conley had been involved.
A family member of the suspect reportedly contacted Cornelius police at 7:30 p.m. May 9 stating Conley wanted to surrender, a release from the department states. Police set up a perimeter around the home and spoke to him directly requesting he surrender by coming outside. It was then that a shot was heard and police found Conley dead from an apparent self-inflicted wound.
Rummage said the case is considered closed, but neither he nor the Cornelius Police would provide further details.
Conley’s obituary states he worked as a sales representative for Pepsi for many years and loved watching and playing sports. He was an avid Tar Heel fan, enjoyed playing golf and cornhole and loved his family and helping others. He is survived by a wife and daughter as well as his mom and stepfather, brother, grandmother and aunt.
A service was scheduled for May 14 at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.
A representative of the family could not be reached for comment.