Lexington Deputies identify two men in connection with Bank Robbery in Chapin
CHAPIN, SC (WOLO)– Update (3/5 – 7:09 p.m.) Lexington County officials say Ryan Anthony Newell and Cory Ramon Woods are being held in the Lexington County Detention Center in connection to Monday morning’s armed robbery. Deputies tracked down the suspects right in the middle of lunch hour traffic in the Harbison area.
A Lexington County deputy tried to pull a car over matching the description from the bank robbery scene, but investigators said that is when a chase started, ending facing the wrong way on I-26 east.
“At that point they then ran away from the car. Jumped the middle of the barrier of the interstate, headed on over to the opposite side of the interstate. On foot, were trying to get away for quite some time. Eventually, we were able to detain one, Richland county detained the first one,” Capt. Adam Myrick said, with Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident is still under investigation and the FBI is even involved. Right now, it is unclear how much the two men tried to get away with. Traffic was backed up for miles while Lexington County deputies processed the scene where the car crashed.
“It looks like they just randomly blew a tire. There were no other devices used as you see sometimes in pursuits, they just blew a tire. That’s how they ended up going westbound on the eastbound sound of I-26,” Myrick said.
Lexington County deputies said the two men involved are being held at the Lexington County detention center. Those who live in Chapin said it put their mind at ease knowing law enforcement was able to put them in handcuffs so quickly.
“Crazy. I would never have expected this to happen in the small, little town of Chapin,” Gustavo Atehortua
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said they are lucky no one was hurt during the armed robbery, and especially after the two men spun out on the highway and then jumped the median.
“Very fortunate that this incident didn’t involve any other cars because they did crash right here in the middle of a three lane interstate,” Myrick said.
Both suspects will be charged with armed robbery, multiple counts of kidnapping, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.