Police: Man attempts to rob N. Charleston bank after recent jail release

Melvin Jesse Harold Blain
Melvin Jesse Harold Blain

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man was placed in police custody Tuesday after a botched North Charleston bank robbery.

According to a police report, the alleged robber was spotted walking along Rivers Avenue and stopped by police. An officer placed the man, later identified as 31-year-old Melvin Jesse Harold Blain, under arrest.

After being read his rights, Blain admitted to the arresting officer, "I did try to rob the bank, but I didn't."

Blain said he entered the Wachovia branch at 5561 Rivers Ave. and handed a note to the teller stating the bank was being robbed and demanding $30,000, the report stated.

Blain's told police his plan was foiled when the bank teller told him there was no money in the cash register. He then told the teller, "Thank you," and left the bank.

He said the note could be found crumpled up and discarded at the intersection of Rivers Avenue and Remount Road.

Blain told the officer he had recently been released from prison in which he served a 46-month sentence for bank robbery. He was interviewed at the North Charleston Police Department before being lodged in the Charleston County Detention Center.

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