Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) Chapin PD is in the very early stages of investigating what was reported as an armed robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch on Columbia Avenue in the heart of the town. The first reports went out to police officers just after 10:50 a.m., sending town cruisers racing to the bank. The original callers said that the suspect was armed with a handgun and was fleeing the branch out the rear exit.
At this point, the details of what transpired after that are extremely limited. We do know that the day-care center at Mt. Horeb Church, just a few hundred yards away from the branch, went on immediate lockdown. The high school which is within a half-mile of the bank was also placed on a heightened security level as a precaution. Deputies from both Lexington and Richland County also began to assist in the search for the suspects.
At one point, a limited description of at least one of the suspects was broadcast to the officers. It appeared as if they were searching for a male with a grey shirt and short hair, however this hasn’t been confirmed by the police. Shortly after that, Chapin Police Chief Seth Zeigler confirmed that they had been notified that Richland County deputies had someone detained some distance from the town on Harbison Way near St. Andrews. Another suspect was apprehended a short time later in that same vicinity. It seems as if the suspects fled down I-26 with officers pursuing, spun out somewhere near Piney Grove Road, and were eventually apprehended.
Facilities in Chapin were being told they could return to normal operations, according to our sources at one of the day-cares. At this point, it appears as if all those who perpetrated this crime have been apprehended.
We will continue to update this story as we receive more information from the Chapin Police Chief.