Police identify man arrested in First Reliance Bank holdup

Pelzer Tracey Quarles

A suspect in a bank robbery in Charleston was apprehended in North Charleston on Friday after crashing his car and running from it, police said.

Pelzer Tracey Quarles, 48, of Norwood Street, North Charleston, is being held at 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., and then fled by car with the loot. Police broadcast a vehicle description, and North Charleston police spotted the car about 20 minutes later, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

After the car wrecked near Azalea Drive and Cosgrove Avenue, the driver took off running 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 Saturday morning.