Enquirer Herald

Arrest made in Sharon bank robbery

YORK — Authorities have arrested a McCormick man and issued arrest warrants for another man in connection to last week’s robbery at a Sharon bank, police said.

Kelvin Sheron Settles, 32, of McCormick was charged late last night with armed robbery with a deadly weapon in connection to the Dec. 4 robbery of First Citizens Bank in Sharon, York County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jerry Hoffman said.

The branch is the only bank in Sharon, a western York County town of about 500 residents that is located about 10 miles southwest of York.

Settles was arrested Thursday in Columbia, according to a press release issued this morning from the sheriff’s office.

Authorities also have issued an arrest warrant for armed robbery with a deadly weapon against Jermaine Tyrone Fuller, 26, of Ridge Springs, according to Hoffman and the release.

Fuller on Dec. 5 was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature by Columbia authorities, according to the release. That charge is not related to the armed robbery at First Citizens bank, the release notes.

When Fuller is brought to York County, he will be charged with robbery, according to the release.

The charges against the pair stem from a robbery that happened around 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at the bank on Woodlawn Street.

“A suspect entered the bank carrying a pistol and black backpack,” Hoffman said. “He demanded money.”

Hoffman would not say which man police believe entered the bank, citing an ongoing investigation.

The release notes the gunman wore a full-faced motorcycle helmet that concealed his face. After his demands were satisfied, the man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled atop a motorcycle, according to the release.

It is not clear how many employees or customers, if any, were in the bank during the robbery, Hoffman said. Authorities also did not disclose what kind of gun the robber used.

The subsequent arrests in the case came on the heels of an in-depth probe conducted by the sheriff’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Law Enforcement Division as well as Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, McCormick County’s Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office and Saluda County Sheriff’s Office.

It is not clear if any authorities expect to make other arrests in the continuing investigation.

Settles remained in custody this morning at York County Detention Center. Fuller is in custody in McCormick.