Suspected bank robber nabbed after victim spots stolen Jeep

Published: Jun. 11, 2013 at 1:20 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM EDT
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SUMMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a 34-year-old man suspected of robbing a Summerville bank was quickly arrested after a man spotted his stolen vehicle on the road.

The Summerville Police Department says it all started when Paul Goodwin walked into the South Carolina Federal Credit Union around 9:15 a.m. on Friday and did not show a weapon, but told the bank teller he was armed.

Officials with the North Charleston Police Department says five minutes later, a 24-year-old man reported that he saw his stolen vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, traveling in the area of Dorchester Road and the Air Force Base.

The responding officer reported that the stolen vehicle, later determined to be driven by Goodwin, failed to stop for a traffic stop, sped up and traveled recklessly on Michaux Parkway.

A police report states at one point during the pursuit, Goodwin turned into a dirt road and jumped out of the Jeep while it was still in motion.

The officer said he then hit his brakes in order to avoid hitting the Jeep and Goodwin, who police say pushed against the officer's vehicle as he was running away. The officer's patrol vehicle then slid and crashed against a concrete culvert.

The officer then managed to open the patrol car's door and pursue Goodwin. The officer reported that he told Goodwin several times to stop before using his taser on the suspect.
Police then escorted Goodwin back to another responding officer's patrol car.

Authorities say a large black handled kitchen knife was found in the area where Goodwin jumped out of the Jeep.

Goodwin was given a $50,000 bond in Dorchester County for allegedly robbing the SCFU bank and given a $10,000 bond for in North Charleston for failure to stop for blue lights and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Goodwin is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center. 

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