Man arrested after police find toy gun, robbery note

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville police arrested a 38-year-old man after finding a toy gun and robbery note in his possession last Friday.

The Summerville Police Department charged David Charles Townsend of Summerville with attempted armed robbery with a weapon after finding a note on Townsend.

The note read: "I have my gun, I have a partner outside, give me all of the money, don't try anything tricky, or you will die!"

Police responded to the Tidelands Bank on 1,510 Trolley Road in reference to a suspicious man pacing back and forth in front of the bank around noon Friday.

When police arrived, they saw Townsend on the sidewalk talking on the phone. When an officer approached the man, they say he appeared to be shaking nervously and could not stand in one spot. The officer said he asked the man why he was at the bank and Townsend said he was waiting for a friend to pick him up.

According to a police report, the responding officer could see a large bulge in front of Townsend's shirt and asked the man if he had any weapons, to which Townsend replied, "no."

The officer then asked for consent for a search, which the man agreed to, and found a bright orange toy pistol which Townsend said was his son's. The officer then placed Townsend in handcuffs and searched the suspect and found the robbery note, a police report stated.

As police placed Townsend in the car, he told police that he was homeless and did not have any money, according to the report. Townsend was later brought to the Summerville Police Department pending charges of loitering and prowling.

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