Orangeburg man accused of holding bank employees hostage declared mentally incompetent

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - A man accused of holding bank employees hostage in Orangeburg in 2012 has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported that Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein has ordered 27-year-old Elvis Prince to be admitted to the state Department of Mental Health until he is competent to face trial.

Prince was charged with 20 count of kidnapping in the standoff with police.

Prosecutor Don Sorenson said Prince's charges will be dismissed but can be restored if he is ever be found competent.

Orangeburg police officers were called about a hostage situation at the bank Jan. 17, 2012. For nearly an hour, police tried to negotiate with the man holding a woman at knifepoint and other bank employees at bay.