Bond set at $1.6 million for 1 bank robbery suspect
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- In a special session of bond court held in City Hall, a magistrate set bond at $1.6 million for one of the men who is accused of robbing a North Charleston bank and critically injuring a Ridgeville couple during a failed getaway.
Affidavits show 23-year-old Tyrone Darius Ellison was charged with two counts of entering a financial institution with the intent to steal, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and one count of failure to stop for blue lights.
Ellison was also accused of robbing the same bank on April 1.
The weapons charges netted Ellison a $200,000 bond each; the robbery charges tacked on an additional $1 million and the failure to stop charge added another $200,000, totaling $1.6 million.
The affidavits also show that a codefendant in the case, 29-year-old Christopher Coburn, told officers that he had driven Ellison and 27-year-old Ronald Lamont Lance on different occasions to banks to prepare for the robbery. Both times the men were armed, according to court documents.
Monday afternoon's bank robbery fell apart during the getaway, when the suspects' car slammed into another car on Highway 61 in Dorchester County. The couple in that car, Julius and Lois Campbell, are in critical condition at Medical University Hospital.
Coburn was captured the day of the accident.
Ellison and Lance were captured a day later, after spending the night underneath Allie Rogers' porch in Ridgeville. She said Tuesday that she had no idea the men had been hiding out with stolen money under her home.
Rogers said the two men came by her secluded Dorchester County home around 8:30 a.m. and asked her husband if they could use the phone. She even gave them a cold soda and called a cab for them.
Before the cab could arrive, she saw a description of the robbery suspects that seemed to match the men sitting on her porch and called police. Ellison and Lance were arrested without incident.
No charges have been filed against the men allegedly involved in the robbery and chase in relation to the car accident that critically wounded the Campbells.