United States attorney sets hearing date for Conway bank robber

Hearing Set for Brandon Michael Council in Federal Court

Hearing Set for Brandon Michael Council in Federal Court

Authorities said the bank sounded an alarm shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, as area residents were preparing for the solar eclipse over the area, Horry County.

Council spent six nights at a motel in Conway just across the street from the Cres Com Bank branch before walking to the bank Monday, FBI agent Jeffrey Long said in a sworn statement filed in federal court Thursday.

Brandon Michael Council, 32, of Wilson, was arrested at the Baymont in on Memorial Drive after noon on Wednesday, Greenville Police Department Chief Mark Holtzman said.

"A review of Council's criminal record shows that on March 16, 2011, Council was convicted in North Carolina for "habitual felon" and 'larceny great than $1,000.'" The accused killer's probation for the 2011 charges ended 11 days prior to the BB&T bank robbery.

Council is now wanted for felony common law robbery after a bank robbery at the BB&T branch at 1604 S. Tarboro St.in Wilson on August 10. Two men with Council were detained as the exited the auto.

The suspect was last seen in one of the victim's cars, which is a white 4-door Chrysler 200 with SC tags IZM457. Council is wanted for common law robbery for that incident. He was driving an unmarked auto and spotted a white Mercedes that matched the description of the vehicle Council was reported to be in, Holtzman said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said Council was then advised of his Miranda rights, which he waived, and he agreed to make a statement. He was found to be in possession of his North Carolina ID card, and key fobs for a Chrysler and a Honda vehicle. He confessed to the CresCom Bank robbery, and admitted to shooting both employees during the course of the robbery. He then told agents he had watched "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" and that he did not deserve to live. He is shot multiple times during a robbery, and decides to change his life.

A man is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon to face federal charges in a Conway bank robbery in which two employees were slain.

Council is also suspected in a bank robbery that occurred earlier this month in Wilson, North Carolina.

Council was charged with armed bank robbery with a deadly weapon resulting in death and use, carry, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in what the release calls a criminal complaint.

Council was captured in Greenville, North Carolina shortly after 12 p.m. Wednesday, confirms Greenville Police Department Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter.

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