Bank robbery suspect gets away; Cops continue search
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police are searching for a man they say robbed a downtown Charleston bank Tuesday morning.
According to police, a man robbed the First Citizens Bank located at 317 Meeting Street just before 11 a.m. Even thought the bank is located in a busy area of the peninsula, the suspect was able to get away.
"Amazed I didn't see nothing or hear nothing, but I guess some people are pretty slick about that," said Bill Branham who was sitting on a bench in Marion Square at the time of the robbery.
Police say the suspect handed a note demanding money to the bank teller. He did not have a weapon and fled the bank down Meeting Street toward the historic Market area.
The suspect is described as a white male about 5'3" who was wearing a No. 3 Dale Earnhardt racing cap and all denim. Detectives say he is in his mid to late 50's.
"It kind of makes me nervous because it's right here, I live right here," said Doug Fotia who lives right next to the bank and is a regular customer.
The suspect also has a laceration on his arm, but he was not injured as a result of the bank robbery.
No one was injured during the robbery. Police have interviewed several witnesses including people living in the area and construction workers.
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