2 days, 2 bond hearings for suspected bank robber

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A suspected bank robber was back in court for the second time in less than 24 hours.

Kelvin Barton's had his second bond hearing Thursday because he is accused of robbing two banks, one on Johns Island on Tuesday and one back in April.

Barton appeared in court Thursday for the April 5 bank robbery at the National Bank of South Carolina on Sam Rittenberg in West Ashley.

The judge read a statement from Barton that said he used a toy gun in the robbery. He also said he never meant to hurt anyone and that he was trying to get money to pay bills and provide for his family.

A bank employee spoke up in bond court and told the judge that the teller he pointed the gun at had to quit her job because of emotional scars.

Barton's record says he had several other armed robbery charges back in 2000.

Bond was set at $125,000.

On Wednesday, Barton's bond was set at over $200,000 for the Johns Island bank robbery, which led Charleston County sheriff's deputies on a chase.

Deputies say Barton walked into the First Federal Bank on Highway 17 and Main Road Tuesday. After stealing money, he led deputies and police on a chase that ended on Dorchester Road. He tried to run away, but was caught. Three people were injured in the crash that occurred during the chase.

Barton faces four charges by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office related to Tuesday's incident. A judge set bond at $200,000 for bank robbery, $5,000 for failure to stop for blue lights, $5,000 for hit-and-run and $445 for reckless driving. The total bond was set at $210,445.

Barton is also being questioned by the North Charleston Police Department in connection with similar bank robberies in their jurisdiction.

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