A suspect has been arrested in the July armed robbery of a Hilton Head Island bank, and deputies are working to identify a second person involved, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
James Demetries Smith, 53, of Georgetown has been charged with entering a bank with intent to steal, possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He and an unknown suspect are accused of entering Atlantic Community Bank at 1 Corpus Christi on July 1 and holding employees at gunpoint before running away with cash.
No one was injured in the theft, though EMS evaluated one of the employees because she was pregnant.
Deputies identified Smith using DNA evidence and surveillance footage from the bank, according to a news release. They later learned he had been arrested on a shoplifting charge in Horry County in March and was remanded to the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia after pleading guilty last month.
He was released Monday and taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center, where he will be held without bond, according to court records.
Anyone with information about the second suspect can contact Staff Sgt. Eric Calendine at 843-255-3427 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).