Bank robbery suspect gets away; Cops continue search

Published: Sep. 20, 2011 at 2:57 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2011 at 8:25 PM EDT
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A surveillance photo of the suspect. (Source: Charleston Police Department)
A surveillance photo of the suspect. (Source: Charleston Police Department)

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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