Rock Hill bank robbery suspects face new fraud charges

Two suspects already arrested in connection with a Rock Hill bank robbery last month were given additional charges Wednesday, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

An ArrowPointe Credit Union employee told police that on Aug. 31, a check of $500 belonging to April Marie Blackwelder was made out to Jay Brantley, 35. The employee said Brantley had opened a new account with the Rock Hill bank recently, the report states. Brantley went to the same credit union to try and cash two checks worth $600 on Sept. 2, the report states.

On Sept. 8, a separate police report was filed when a manager at the Toyota of Rock Hill car dealership on Galleria Boulevard reported a check fraud. According to the police report, Blackwelder and Brantley tendered a check of $15,000 as security for the purchase of a 2010 white Nissan Altima. They agreed to return in a few days with another check as the final payment, the report states.

The two took the vehicle with an understanding that another check would be sent to finalize the transaction, the report states. But later the dealership learned the $15,000 check was rejected for non-sufficient funds twice, police say.

The Altima is the alleged getaway car that Brantley, Blackwelder and another suspect used in a robbery of ArrowPointe Credit Union on Sept. 24, the report states. Brantley and Blackwelder, along with James Catledge, 34, were arrested the following day after a manhunt on East Main Street.

The car dealership was told that the Nissan was impounded by the Interstate Wrecker Service.

Once police connected the alleged bank robbers to the fraud cases, Blackwelder and Brantley were both charged with fraud against a financial institution, criminal conspiracy and obtaining false pretense.

They remain at the York County Detention Center. Blackwelder’s bond is $240,000 and Brantley’s bond was set at $105,000.

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