Downtown bank robbery suspect surrenders to US Marshals

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say a 58-year-old man wanted for an armed robbery in downtown surrendered to US Marshals Thursday afternoon.

The Charleston Police Department charged Clyde Spillers of North Charleston with entering a bank with intent to steal. Spillers surrendered around 3 p.m. to US Marshals at their East Bay Street office.

Spillers was wanted in connection with the Sept. 20 bank robbery at 317 Meeting Street where a man entered the First Citizen Bank, handed the teller a note demanding money and robbed the bank.

Spillers was being held in the Charleston County Detention Center where he is scheduled to have a bond hearing on Friday. The U.S. Marshal led fugitive task force, Operation Intercept, worked alongside the Charleston Police Department in locating Spillers.

Investigators had released information to the news media, which included a picture showing Spillers with an injury to one of his arms that ultimately prompted several leads. Authorities say that eventually, the pressure took its toll on Spillers, who decided to turn himself into the U.S. Marshals in downtown Charleston.

"The partnerships created by a joint fugitive task force in South Carolina, creates an atmosphere where it's increasingly difficult for bad guys to hide from law enforcement.  As Mr. Spillers did in this case, he made the right choice: he turned himself in to face the charges against him.  I'd like to thank the Charleston Police Department, as well as our other partners, in our joint effort to keep South Carolina safe," said Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for South Carolina.

The investigation is ongoing.

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