Crime & Courts

Police: SC bank robber dressed in drag

A 27-year-old man is accused of robbing a bank in drag, wearing a red dress and purple glitter lipstick, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Ahmad Jasper Holmes was arrested at about 3 p.m. Friday on St. Helena Island and charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon, third-degree assault and battery and criminal conspiracy, according to the jail log.

He has been identified as one of the suspects involved in the June 24 robbery of a Regions Bank on Lady’s Island, a Sheriff's Office news release said.

Police said a black man wearing a red dress, a black hat, a wig and purple glitter lipstick demanded money and then fled, likely leaving the scene by bicycle, investigators say.

Deputies have not located other suspects they believe were involved, the release said.

It was not clear late Friday what role Holmes is accused of playing in the crime; further details were not available from the Sheriff's Office.

Holmes also is being held on nine other bench warrants, according to the jail log. He remained in the Beaufort County Detention Center on Friday pending bond hearings.

The investigations of three other bank robberies in Beaufort County this summer continue. There were two on Hilton Head Island on July 1 and Aug. 19, and one on Lady’s Island on Aug. 5.

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