Police have released the names of the suspects who have been charged in Thursday morning's bank robbery at the Charleston Town Center mall.
Billy Gene Reed, 40, of West Virginia and Anthony Williams, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. were arrested shortly after the 8:30 a.m. robbery at United Bank inside the mall.
They were arraigned on felony bank robbery charges by Magistrate Joe Shelton.
Their bail amounts have been set at $50,000.
Both men have been staying the men's shelter in Charleston, police said.
Most of the money that was dropped as the suspects fled the scene was picked up and turned over to police.
Nathan Evert was working inside of the mall and saw the robbery unfold.
"I literally saw someone yelling at the girls that were working at the bank. He was just pointing a gun at them. He had a stocking over his face and he was kind of going like this," he said.
He said the bank tellers looked frightened.
"The girls were so scared, they were throwing money at them. Literally, some of the money fell on the ground. Some of it actually fell outside and another customer came in and brought it back to them," he said.
Reed and Williams fled on foot towards Lee and Washington Streets. Tim Menningr said he knew something was wrong.
"I seen the two guys walk to the bank over there and I seen one guy standing at the corner. I thought it looked suspicious. He followed him in the bank. I came back outside to smoke and I seen them take off running," he said.
Police were in the area when the call came in. Officers were able to respond within minutes. They captured Reed and Williams along Donally Street.
Both men shed their clothing and dropped cash along the way. Sergeant Bobby Eggleton said innocent bystanders collected the cash and turned it in to police.
"People were coming up to the police officers and handing them bundles of cash and giving their names and giving all kinds of information about where these guys went and were they were running. Kudos to the citizens of Charleston," he said.
Police have not disclosed how much money was taken.
Reed and Williams will appear in court for their preliminary hearings on June 28.
Police have arrested the suspects in the bank robbery. They were caught in the parking lot of the Embassy Suites Hotel, according to police.
Two men robbed a Charleston Bank this morning and Charleston police now are searching for them.
The two black males with stockings on their faces took an undisclosed amount of cash from the United Bank in the Charleston Town Center Mall at about 8:30 a.m., according to emergency dispatchers.
We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more information when it becomes available.