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Sumter Police Catch Bank Robbery Suspect

10:24 PM, Jan 16, 2014   |    comments
  • Franklin R. Johnson, 24 (photo provided by Sumter police)
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Sumter, SC (WLTX) - SUMTER, SC (Jan. 16, 2014) - Sumter Police have arrested a man they suspect tried to rob a local bank.

The attempted robbery happened at about 3:53 p.m. at the First Citizens Bank at Washington and Calhoun streets in Sumter.

According to police  the man presented a note demanding money to a teller. Although a weapon was not seen, his mannerisms suggested he might have been armed. The suspect then fled without taking any money.

He was seen leaving in a royal blue colored Ford or Mercury.  

Franklin R. Johnson, 24  was arrested at about 8 p.m. Thursday on Carolina Avenue. He was walking when he was spotted by patrol officers.

Johnson has been charged with attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. 

He is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
State Probation, Pardon and Parole officers assisted in the arrest.

No other details are available at this time. 

An investigation is continuing. Anyone with addiitional information is asked to call the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC. Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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