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Fugitive in bank robberies arrested

A fugitive who is suspected of bank robberies and attempted murder was arrested Wednesday afternoon, FBI agents reported.

Philip A. Purdue, 32, of Amherst, had been wanted for months in connection with bank robberies in Jamestown and Kings Mountain, N.C. He also was charged with attempted murder last year in connection with the September 2009 shooting of an Amherst man.

Purdue is accused of shooting Shawn Wilson, 34, also of Amherst, in front of an apartment on Allenhurst Road early on the morning of Sept. 19.

Wilson survived that shooting, but five weeks later -- on Oct. 28 -- he was found shot and stabbed to death in the trunk of a burning car on Roma Street on Buffalo's East Side.

Purdue has not been charged in connection with Wilson's death, and the homicide investigation is continuing, authorities said. The FBI issued a $5,000 reward for information leading to Purdue's capture and conviction in January.

He is charged with robbing the Jamestown Savings Bank in Jamestown of nearly $3,000 last Oct. 5 and also is suspected of robbing a North Carolina bank last November, Buffalo FBI agents said.

Details of how or where Purdue was captured have not been released.

e-mail: dherbeck@buffnews.com

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