JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Authorities arrested a man about an hour after they say he robbed a bank at gunpoint and crashed his car injuring three people Tuesday.
Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the robbery around 10 a.m. at the First Federal Bank on Savannah Highway. Authorities say Kelvin Barton walked into the bank with a gun and demanded money. Deputies were then involved in a chase, which ended in North Charleston on Dorchester Road near Joint Base Charleston.
Deputies say Barton was observed by a witness leaving the bank and getting into a white Dodge Charger. A description of the suspect was put out to other law enforcement agencies and a short time later the car was spotted on Dorchester Road near Montague Avenue by an off-duty Charleston County sheriff's deputy.
According to deputies, Barton attempted to elude the deputy who was calling for assistance. He refused commands from the deputy and got back into his car and a chase ensued. Barton was arrested and charged after crashing into three cars on Dorchester Road at the Air Force Base gate.
Barton is also being questioned by the Charleston and North Charleston Police Departments in connection with similar bank robberies in their jurisdiction.
Deputies say all the money was recovered from Tuesday's robbery and several surveillance photos of the robbery were released. A weapon was recovered in the car after the suspect was arrested.
Charleston police, North Charleston police and the FBI assisted in the investigation and chase. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the accident on Dorchester Road. Authorities say two adults and one child suffered minor injuries after the crash with the suspect.
The suspect was transported to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.