Forest Acres police arrested a man accused of robbing a woman with a knife in a bank parking lot.
Patrick E. Whitlock, 36, has been charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon, first degree assault and battery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and kidnapping, according to Chief Gene Sealy.
Whitlock is accused of robbing a woman in the parking lot of Palmetto Citizens Credit Union at 2200 North Beltline Blvd. around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, Sealy said. Whitlock approached the woman with a knife and demanded money.
The woman grabbed the knife and kicked Whilock, which caused him to fall, Sealy said. Whitlock ran to his car and fled the scene.
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Witnesses were able to give police the tag number and a description, Sealy said. A “Be on the Lookout” was sent to other law enforcement, and Whitlock was detained by a Columbia Police officer within the hour.
The woman received a cut to her hand, but was treated and released.