Cops: Suspect in N. Charleston bank robbery robbed same bank in April
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police say one of the three suspects charged in Monday's armed robbery of a bank on Dorchester Road robbed the same bank earlier this year.
Tyrone Ellison, 23, has been charged with two counts of entering a bank to steal, once for Monday's robbery and again for a robbery on April 1. His bond has been set at $1.6 million.
Police say Ellison, along with 27-year-old Ronald Lamont Lance and 29-year-old Christopher Nehemiah Coburn robbed SunTrust Bank on Dorchester Road and Club Course Drive shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday.
According to police, Ellison is also responsible for an armed robbery that took place at the same bank on April 1. Police say Ellison led officers on a chase after robbing the bank at gunpoint, but was able to lose them on Patriot Boulevard headed towards Palmetto Commerce Parkway.
On July 1, investigators say Ellison and Lance entered SunTrust with guns drawn and demanded money. The suspects then fled the bank in a getaway vehicle that was waiting outside. The vehicle was driven by Coburn.
Authorities say police tried to stop the suspects' vehicle on Patriots Boulevard, but they drove off. During the pursuit, Coburn stopped at some point and was pushed out of the car by the other two suspects. Coburn was immediately arrested.
One of the other suspects then got behind the wheel and continued to drive away from officers, exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour. The pursuit ended on Highway 61 North near Givhans when the driver collided with a 1999 Honda, seriously injuring two people.
A 55-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman were taken to Medical University of South Carolina for treatment. On Tuesday, MUSC officials said both victims were still listed in critical condition.
According to an incident report, cops were able to track the suspects by using a GPS tracking device that was inside one of the money bags.
Police say Ellison and Lance escaped into the woods after crashing into the Honda. Pryor says the two men were arrested Tuesday around 9 a.m. after they asked a resident on Campbell Road to use their phone.
Both suspects were taken to Summerville Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. They were transported to the Dorchester County Detention Center after being treated for their injuries.
Copyright2013 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.