Police investigate attempted bank robbery

Police confer outside the SunTrust bank branch office on Dorchester Road near Coosaw Creek. The bank was reportedly robbed this afternoon.

Police officers and sheriff's deputies from multiple jurisdictions converged on a Dorchester Road bank Friday after an attempted armed robbery.

According to bank employees, a black male walked into the SunTrust bank branch office at 8610 Dorchester Road shortly after 3 p.m. He was wearing all black clothing and had a black mask covering his face, said Spencer Pryor, a spokesman for the North Charleston Police Department. He was described as being about 6 feet tall.

The robber was armed with a black, semiautomatic handgun and yelled at the clerk to put the money on the counter, Pryor said. After a few minutes, the robber appeared to become frustrated and ran out of the bank without any money.

No one inside the bank was injured, Pryor said.

Officers were on the scene with tracking dogs, searching a nearby wooded area. A Charleston County Sheriff's Office helicopter circled over the area for almost an hour after the incident. Dorchester and Charleston deputies assisted North Charleston police in the search. No suspect was found, Pryor said.

One person, who was handcuffed, was taken away in a squad car. Pryor later said that officers had found a suspicious man at a nearby Hess gas station and had detained him for questioning. He was not believed to be the bank robber, Pryor said.

Detectives were still talking with the man late Friday evening, Pryor said.