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Suspect escaped after robbing bank with a note, even after employee opened fire, cops say

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department released these images of a suspect wanted in a bank robbery.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department released these images of a suspect wanted in a bank robbery. Richland County Sheriff's Department

A man who used a note to rob a Columbia bank Tuesday afternoon escaped the scene after an employee shot at the suspect, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.

The sheriff’s department is asking for the community’s help identifying the man who it says robbed the TD Bank branch at 8850 Farrow Road just after 3:30 p.m. That’s near Providence Health Northeast and the intersection with Interstate 77.

Witnesses said the suspect gave a note to the clerk “requesting money,” and he did not “present a weapon nor did he imply that he had one,” the sheriff’s department said.

As he was leaving, a bank employee used his personal gun and opened fire at the suspect, according to the sheriff’s department.

The suspect escaped and no injuries were reported, the sheriff’s department said.

A search was initiated, which included sheriff’s department dogs, but attempts at finding the man were “unsuccessful,” according to the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s department said the man was last seen wearing “a pink shirt, a black hat and black pants.”

The bank employee was not a security guard, but he will not face any charges for opening fire, the sheriff’s department said.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit an online tip.

South Carolina law specifies how long of a prison term a person could face for armed robbery in the state of South Carolina.

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