A man who tried to rob a downtown Columbia bank without a weapon Tuesday morning began screaming and ran off without getting any money, a police spokesman said.
The would-be robber, who wore blue jeans and had "a touch of grey" in his beard, wrote a note to a teller on a withdrawal slip demanding money at the Bank of America branch at Sumter and Gervais streets around 9:30 a.m., spokesman Brick Lewis said.
The teller refused to give the man any money, Lewis said.
"He started yelling and just took off" on food, Lewis said.
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- By John Monk