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Suspected armed robber causes multi-car crash

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Traffic was halted in downtown Florence Thursday afternoon after police say a man who tried to rob someone at a bank led them on a chase into a crowded intersection and collided with several cars.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, that crash occurred at the intersection of Second Loop Road and Cashua Drive around 12:08 p.m.

Our WMBF News reporter that passed through the area and noted several cars were involved.

Spokesman for Florence Police, Major Carlos Raines, tells WMBF News the man who caused that crash was suspected of attempted armed robbery, and led police on a short chase before the crash occurred.

The attempted strong armed robbery was reported at the Bank of America, where the suspect allegedly tried to rob a man in the parking lot who was trying to make a deposit.

The suspect, however, was unsuccessful.

Police spotted the very large truck he fled the scene in and followed him to the intersection of Second Loop Road and Cashua Drive. That's where the suspect, who was attempting to make a left run, chose to proceed straight down Second Loop and clipped another vehicle.

He then collided head on with a car in oncoming traffic. A total of six cars were involved in the crash.

Major Raines adds that two people were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Jason Eugene Brock, was apprehended at the scene. He is expected to be charged with multiple traffic violations and attempted strong armed robbery.

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