Ohio man arrested for Marion bank robbery

MARION, SC (WMBF) After an attempted bank robbery in Marion Thursday afternoon, police took only minutes to catch the suspect believed to be behind the crime.

It took Marion Police officers 16 minutes to apprehend a man who they say attempted to rob the Pee Dee Federal Savings Bank.

At about 4:30 p.m., Thomas Edward Blackmon, 44, of Cincinnati, Ohio, entered the bank at 106 E. Court Street and gave a note to a teller demanding money. Meanwhile, another teller pressed the bank's alarm alerting Marion County dispatchers to the emergency.

Police officers were dispatched to the scene and according to witnesses, arrived within minutes.

"I'm pleased with our rapid response and apprehension," Marion Police Chief Jim Gray said, adding that the officers did an excellent job of containing and resolving the situation.

Officers apprehended the suspect without incident in the bank. Blackmon was booked and detained at the Marion County Detention Center on the charge of entering a bank with intent to steal. Blackmon's bond hearing was Friday afternoon.

"I'm just glad it wasn't as bad as it could have been," City Administrator Alan Ammons said. "You just never know what you're walking into in situations like these."

According to Chief Gray, the charge carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. If Blackmon is unable to make bond once it is set, he will remain in jail until his trial.

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