A man who surrendered to police after a standoff in North Charleston on Monday is one of three people charged with robbing a West Ashley bank the same morning, police said.
Alonzo Neil Brown, 35, of North Charleston, spent about 90 minutes surrounded by officers in a sport utility vehicle that got stuck on the railroad tracks during a chase along Dorchester Road, Charleston police said in a press release. He gave up peacefully around 1 p.m.
Authorities charged Brown and two other men with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The other men are Davin Jerome Stewart, 43, of North Charleston, and Robert Isaac Nelson Jr., 30, of St. Stephen.
They remain at the Charleston County Detention Center. The men were denied the opportunity to make bail on the robbery charges, and bond was set at $100,000 each for the weapons charges.
Brown also will face charges of failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a pistol by a person convicted of a violent crime and two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol, North Charleston Police Lt. Scott Deckard said.
Affidavits accuse Nelson and Stewart of entering the Wachovia Bank at 828 Orleans Road about 11:15 a.m. Monday with handguns and carrying away money while Brown waited in the parking lot in the getaway vehicle.
A witness said the men wore ski masks, and he gave police a description of the vehicle and its license plate number, a police report said. Authorities broadcast the details to local law-enforcement agencies.
Shortly thereafter, North Charleston police started to chase a vehicle matching the description near Leeds Avenue and Azalea Drive. Nelson and Stewart are accused of jumping out on Bonds Avenue, and the vehicle continued through the Dorchester Terrace and Waylyn neighborhoods.
Brown is accused of continuing to drive until turning onto the railroad tracks and getting stuck near Dorchester and Meeting Street roads.
Authorities said Brown remained inside the SUV with a handgun, leading to a tense situation that lasted for almost an hour and a half as a crowd gathered. Eventually, he asked to speak to North Charleston Deputy Police Chief William Barfield, and there was a peaceful surrender after the two men talked, officials said.
Nelson and Stewart were arrested shortly after jumping from the SUV. Nearby on Henry Street, police recovered ski masks, latex gloves, a nylon bag with money and a red dye pack that had exploded, affidavits said.
Nadine Parks contributed to this report. Reach Noah Haglund at 937-5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.