Two men were detained after they led lawmen from South Carolina and Georgia on a chase after a bank robbery in North Augusta, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
George Oakman III, 22, of Warrenville, and 26-year-old David Cassell, of Aiken, were each charged with bank robbery, and Oakman faces an additional charge of failure to stop for blue lights and siren.
The incident began about 12:45 p.m. when an unidentified man walked into the Regions Bank on the 400 block of West Avenue, according to Lt. Tim Thornton, a spokesman for North Augusta Public Safety. The man presented a note to a teller demanding money.
"She did as the note stated and gave him the money; he turned and walked out of the bank," Thornton said. The man fled the scene in a vehicle, which bank employees were able to get a description of and provide to law enforcement.
Officers on patrol in downtown North Augusta spotted the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, according to Thornton. The vehicle failed to stop, and a chase ensued across the 13th Street bridge into Augusta.
"Georgia authorities resumed the pursuit," Thornton said. "The pursuit eventually worked its way back into Carolina across the Fifth Street bridge."
North Augusta Public Safety again got involved in the chase, which continued into Warrenville, where law enforcement successfully stopped the vehicle, Thornton said. The two occupants in the vehicle surrendered without incident at the intersection of St. John's Road and Legion Road in Warrenville.
Thornton said two men have been detained. Investigators believe one went into the bank and robbed it while the other waited in the get-away car. Thornton anticipates additional charges from Georgia and Aiken County authorities.
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