Crime & Courts

Gunman fills backpack, flees with loot

AIKEN -- A gunman made off with a backpack full of money Tuesday after the suspect held up the Security Federal Bank in North Augusta, according to officials.

Around 12:24 p.m., North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers were dis-patched to the Security Federal Bank at 315 East Martintown Road after learning a gun-man had walked into the bank, demanded and received cash from a teller.

Lt. Tim Pearson, a spokesperson for Public Safety, said police learned about the armed robbery after receiving a 911 phone call.

Witnesses told police the gunman was wearing a camouflage jacket when he entered the bank, brandishing a pistol.

He demanded money from the teller and put the cash in a dark backpack, police said.

He then left the bank through a rear door and ran toward Breckenridge II Apartments on the 300 block of East Martintown Road.

Police described the gunman as a Hispanic male but had no information on his height and weight.

The Aiken Bloodhounds tracking team, composed of officers from North Augusta Public Safety, Aiken Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, responded to the area and searched for the suspect but were unable to locate the man.

Soon after the armed robbery was reported, Pearson distributed a bank surveillance image of the gunman to local media outlets.

North Augusta detectives said they were continuing with their investigation with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

-- Aiken Standard