Bank robbers behind bars

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ronald Lance

All three alleged bank robbers, charged in the July 1 robbery at the SunTrust Bank in North Charleston, had been moved to Dorchester County Detention Center as of Friday.
Tyrone Ellison, Ronald Lance and Christopher Coburn have all been charged and remanded to DCDC.
Ronald Lance was the last to arrive at the jail from MUSC, where he was treated for injuries sustained the crash that put two area residents in ICU in critical condition.
This isn’t the first time the Sun Trust Bank, 8610 Dorchester Road, at Club Course Drive in North Charleston, has been robbed. And it isn’t the first time Tyrone Ellison has robbed it, according to charges.
The bank was robbed in April of this year and police have charged Ellison for that robbery as well as the July 1 robbery.
The July 1 robbery resulted in a high-speed chase that ended in the suspect’s vehicle slamming into another vehicle on SC Highway 61. The other vehicle, an SUV, was making a left-hand turn onto Campbell Road when the suspect vehicle hit it on the left side at what is estimated to be between 90 and 100 mph., sending the sport-utility vehicle hurtling into the trees.
The Ridgeville couple in the SUV, Lois Campbell, 57 and her husband Julius Campbell, 55, were in critical condition, have undergone surgery and Mr. Campbell is on life support, according to published reports.
Mr. Campbell, known as “doc” has worked at Oscars in Summerville for more than 20 years, according to reports.
Officers responding to the crash focused on the Campbells but saw the occupants of the suspect vehicle leaving it and going into the woods. Both were injured in the accident, suffering from broken bones.
Dorchester County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Sam Richardson noted that it was “amazing that they were able to cover so much ground with the injuries they received [in the crash].”
The suspects were located the following morning about one-half to three-quarters of a mile through the woods at 322 Campbell Road where they may have spent the night under the porch of the residence before asking to use the phone to call a cab.
The homeowners, Dan and Allie Rogers, called them a cab but then went inside and called 911 directly enabling the capture of the suspects.
“I can’t say enough about the people who called [911],” said Richardson, “ it says a lot about people in Dorchester County who stick their necks out to do right. They [the Rogers] are really good people and people like that help law enforcement be bigger and stronger.”

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