Police locate bank robbers who spent the night under a porch

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) -- Deputies from Dorchester County and troopers from the state Highway Patrol responded to an accident on Highway 61 late Monday afternoon after a reported bank robbery.

According to officials at the scene, a man and woman were taken to nearby hospitals with life-threatening injuries. One was taken by helicopter and the other by ambulance.

NCPD officials linked the wreck to a bank robbery on Dorchester Road a short time earlier. According to police, two people entered the Sun Trust Bank near Club Course Drive around 5 p.m. and demanded money.

Police say the people escaped with a still undetermined amount on money and got into a waiting vehicle. A man was driving, officials said.

The vehicle was spotted by officers near Patriots Boulevard, but the driver refused to stop for officers, police said. During the chase, the driver stopped and ran from the car and the passenger took over driving, which ended when the car collided with another car on Highway 61.

The two passengers in the second vehicle were transported to the Medical University of South Carolina with serious injuries, officials said. The passengers were ages 55 and 57.

Highway Patrol officers are investigating the accident.

Police captured the two suspects who fled the scene. Both were found on Campbell Road in Ridgeville Tuesday morning.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres, two troopers went to the accident scene to do a quick follow up on the crash. When a Dorchester County deputy arrived, he said they had reports of two people less than a mile down the street that matched the suspects' descriptions.

Once officials got to the location, Beres said the suspects were sitting on the front porch of a home. He said they found the money next to the house under the porch where it looked like the suspects spent the night.{}

NCPD spokesperson Spencer Pryor said Dorchester County deputies were called around 9 a.m and told the suspects were asking to use the resident's phone.

After their arrest, the two men were taken to Summerville Medical because of injuries from the accident on Monday.

Pryor said 29-year-old Christopher Coburn, who was driving the car after the bank robbery and was later pushed out of the vehicle by one of the other suspects during the pursuit, was arrested late Monday night.

The other two, identified as 23-year-old Tyrone Darius Ellison and 27-year-old Ronald Lamont Lance are both charged with Entering a Bank with Intent to Steal and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights.