A suspect in a Friday morning bank robbery in Charleston was apprehended in North Charleston after crashing his car and running from it, police said.
Pelzer Tracey Quarles, 48, of Norwood Street, North Charleston, is being held at the Cannon Detention Center on a charge of entering a bank with the intent to steal, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.
Francis said a man demanded money from a teller at First Reliance Bank on Cumberland Street about 9:30 a.m., then fled by car with the loot. Police broadcast a vehicle description, and North Charleston police saw the car about 20 minutes later, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
After the car wrecked near Azalea Drive and Cosgrove Avenue, the driver ran on Thomasina McPherson Boulevard, prompting a temporary lockdown at Mary Ford Elementary School, Pryor said.
An officer finally nabbed the man on Accabee Road with money from the robbery in his pocket, Pryor said.
Francis said a bond hearing is scheduled for this morning.