Man wanted for robbing downtown Charleston bank

Published: May. 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2011 at 8:53 PM EDT
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Source: Harve Jacobs
Source: Harve Jacobs

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police are looking for a man who held up a bank on Cumberland Street on Monday morning.

Police say the robbery happened at First Reliance Bank, between the corners of Church Street and State Street, around 9:40 a.m.

Witnesses told investigators that the gunman was a black male probably in his 30's. He was about 6'. Witnesses say the suspect was wearing blue sweat pants, a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and a handkerchief on his face.

Police say the man, armed with a handgun, fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of money.

Tourists were surprised to see the crime scene right in the heart of the city's tourist district.

"In Charleston? I wasn't expecting that to be the first sight I saw," said Dave Nydam who is visiting from Los Angeles.

Charleston City Councilman Jimmy Gallant was going to make a deposit when he saw the crime scene tape.

"Thank God nobody's gotten hurt, particularly here now. It's such a shame," Gallant said.

Investigators say there were no customers in the bank at the time.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

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