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Chapin police officer key to capture of strong-armed robber Monday

Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – A Chapin police officer with a sharp eye was key to the capture of the man that held up the Food Lion at the Peak exit Monday. Officials are saying that Officer Campbell was in the right place at the right time when the suspect ducked into Chapin while trying to elude arrest.

According to Chapin Police Chief Seth Zeigler, Officer Campbell was on patrol in town when he received information regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred in Richland County. A man had strong-armed the employees of the Food Lion near the Peak Exit on Hwy 176, robbed the store, and then fled the scene in a vehicle.

While patrolling in the 600 block of Columbia Avenue near the interstate, Officer Campbell spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the one the suspect was driving. Campbell attempted to contact the driver in a parking lot, but the vehicle sped away. The driver got onto I-26 eastbound heading toward Columbia with Campbell in pursuit. When the suspect and Campbell got close to Exit 101, multiple Richland County deputies took over the pursuit. Officer Campbell broke off his pursuit and returned to Chapin. The chase eventually came to an end in Eastover after a tire deflation device was used to disable the suspect's vehicle.

According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Michael Bannister was taken into custody after the chase. He was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and has been charged with strong armed robbery and failure to stop for blue lights. This man is off the streets and in jail thanks to Chapin Police Officer Campbell’s sharp eye and excellent police work.

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