2 men rob Hilton Head bank and run

rlurye@islandpacket.comJuly 1, 2014 

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Two men remain on the run after robbing a bank Tuesday on the south end of Hilton Head Island.

At least one of the men had a gun when the duo entered the Atlantic Community Bank at 1 Corpus Christi Place at about 1 p.m., said Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

No customers were present, McIntosh said.

Deputies cordoned off the area around the building to search for the robbers, who ran toward Pope Avenue, but could not find them.

No injuries were reported, though EMTs helped one person who was distressed, according to Joheida Fister, fire marshal for the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division.

Michael Howell, whose law practice is three offices down from the bank, said he did not know about the incident until deputies swarmed the area. Some officers had their weapons drawn, while others led bloodhounds around the office building, he said.

"We were told to stay inside, which we did," Howell said, adding that he was shocked the robbers struck in broad daylight.

Howell said he was concerned for the bank employees, one of whom is pregnant.

"I just think it's horrible they had to be put through that," he said. "It's just awful the stress that was put on those people."

Both robbers are black. One wore a white golf shirt with gray stripes. The other wore a black shirt and jeans, and covered his head with a white cloth, according to Sheriff's Office alerts. Both men are considered armed and dangerous.

The Sheriff's Office did not release additional information Tuesday.

Follow reporter Rebecca Lurye on Twitter at twitter.com/IPBG_Rebecca.

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