Hilton Head Island man charged with 2 bank robberies in 2 days

astice@islandpacket.comMay 2, 2013 

A 51-year-old Hilton Head Island man accused of robbing two area banks in as many days after telling employees he had a bomb was arrested Thursday, shortly after the second robbery.

Authorities caught David Edward Boyd on Museum Street just an hour after he allegedly made off with cash from the Bank of America on Hatton Place on Hilton Head Island.

He also is accused of robbing the Bank of America on Windrush Lane and Baylor Drive in Bluffton on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bluffton Police Department and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office have each charged Boyd with strong-arm robbery. He also faces a charge of threatening the use of a destructive device.

The Sheriff's Office said Boyd walked into the Hilton Head bank at about 11:30 a.m. and showed the teller a note claiming he had a bomb. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Multiple witnesses and video surveillance footage matched the description of the man who had robbed the Bluffton bank just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Bluffton police were already looking for Boyd at the time of Thursday morning's robbery. He had been identified by the public after the department released photos from the bank, according to a news release from Bluffton Police Capt. Angela McCall-Tanner.

In the Bluffton robbery, he is also accused of demanding money after yelling at the teller that he had a bomb. However, police have found no evidence he actually had one, McCall-Tanner said.

Deputies spotted Boyd on Thursday on Museum Street near the bank and, after a brief chase, arrested him in the parking lot of a nearby Burger King.

Mauricio Herrera, 25, was eating a burger there at about 12:30 p.m. when people began gathering at the window to watch a man run through the parking lot. A female deputy was close behind and tackled him, according to Herrera, who works as a carrier for The Island Packet.

Herrera snapped some pictures as law enforcement swarmed around the man and handcuffed him.

"He had a lot of money, a full package of money," Herrera said.

Authorities have not said how much cash Boyd is accused of stealing in the two robberies.

According to the Beaufort County Detention Center, Boyd had not been arrested before in Beaufort County. A S.C. State Law Enforcement Division background check also showed no previous arrests or charges.

The FBI helped with both investigations.

More charges against Boyd may be pending, authorities said. He is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

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