Police: Bank robbery suspect who injured 3, charged for another robbery

Kelvin Barton
Kelvin Barton

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says that a man suspected of robbing a bank and injuring three people has been charged for another bank robbery.

Authorities say 36-year-old Kelvin Barton of North Charleston is being charged for the April 5 armed bank robbery of the National Bank of South Carolina on 1870 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested Barton about an hour after they say he robbed a bank at gunpoint and crashed his car injuring three people Tuesday.

Barton bond was set at $210,445 which included failure to stop, hit and run, bank robbery and reckless driving.

Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the robbery around 10 a.m. at the First Federal Bank on Savannah Highway. Authorities say 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.

The crash injured two adults and one child all of whom have been released from the hospital.

Barton is also being questioned by the Charleston and North Charleston Police Departments in connection with similar bank robberies in their jurisdiction. He will be expected in bond court Thursday afternoon for the National Bank of South Carolina.

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