Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) Two suspects are in custody after robbing the Wells Fargo Bank in Chapin. According to Chapin’s Police Chief Seth Zeigler, the pair were caught because of an interagency effort that included officers from Chapin, Lexington County, Richland County, and several other departments.
Zeigler said that the two robbed the bank on Columbia Avenue just before 11:00 a.m. Monday. The witnesses described the two suspects as black males, wearing hooded sweatshirts. A man presented a gun and made demands before fleeing in a waiting get-away car. The witnesses also advised the suspects fled the scene in a black Chevrolet sedan with a North Carolina license plate. The car carrying the suspects sped down Chapin Road and passed a Lexington County deputy who was responding. This was just before the bandits reached the Hilton crossroads. When the cruiser turned around and tried to stop the suspects, they fled on toward Ballentine, initiating a car chase.
The suspects turned off Chapin Road onto Rauch Metz Road and eventually got on I-26 at the Peak exit. Law enforcement officers were still in pursuit. Chief Zeigler also got on I-26 and eventually joined in the chase further down. Zeigler said that at some point, the suspects' car had a mechanical malfunction that caused the driver to lose control. The two tried to flee on foot but didn’t get far. One was taken into custody quickly and the other was found and detained by a Richland County deputy and his K-9 partner. One agency even had a helicopter overhead, according to Chief Zeigler.
Chief Zeigler said that Ryan Anthony Newell and Cory Ramon Woods have been booked into the Lexington County Detention Center on multiple charges. They will include armed robbery and multiple counts of kidnapping among others. “This was an excellent example of a number of different departments coming together to quickly bring this to an end. We appreciate the help of every one of the officers that came to our aid to get these two off the street so quickly,” Chief Zeigler said.