Suspect arrested in West Ashley Wells Fargo robbery

Samuel Coakley Jr. (Al Cannon Detention Center)

Charleston police have arrested a man suspected of robbing a bank in West Ashley Thursday afternoon.

According to CPD officials, the robbery happened at the Wells Fargo Sam Rittenberg just before 12:30 p.m. Police say they arrested the suspect within 30 minutes.

Samuel Coakley Jr., 24, of North Charleston, is charged with entering a financial institution with the intent to steal. He is being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Police say bank employees told them a man entered the bank and passed a teller a note demanding money. Witnesses say the man didn't display a weapon.

Police say they saw Coakley a short time later near Sam Rittenberg and Poston Road. Coakley matched the description of the robbery suspect, so police say he was arrested. A witnesses later positively identified him to police as the suspect who robbed the bank.

Meanwhile, police say a chase that ended in a crash near North Charleston is possibly connected to the bank robbery.

According to CPD, Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies assisting with the investigation saw a vehicle on the Cosgrove Bridge matching the description of one seen speeding away from the bank after the robbery

The driver of the vehicle attempted to drive off when deputies tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver ended up crashing on Azalea Drive.

Charleston Police investigators are trying to determine if the driver was involved in the bank robbery. He was taken into custody by Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies on unrelated charges.

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