CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Police have identified a person of interest in the bank robbery at CresCom Bank Monday that left two employees dead.
Brandon Michael Council, 32, of Wilson, North Carolina is wanted by Conway Police for questioning, and is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to a Conway Police news release. He may have changed his hairstyle, and Conway Police have released pictures of him with both long and short hair.
Council is wanted for a separate bank robbery in Wilson on August 11, according to police. A BB&T branch was robbed, but police said no one was injured in that robbery. Records show Council was released from prison on July 31, 2017 after serving a 7.5 year sentence for larceny over $1,000, and being a habitual felon, meaning he has been convicted of three or more felony charges.
"We have reason to believe he may have been in the Conway area and are following up leads at this time," Conway Police stated in the news release.
The suspect in the murders was described by police as a black male with long braided hair.
Several employees who work around the area of the CresCom bank said they recognized the suspect. A Sherwin Williams employee said they saw the suspect standing between a tree and a telephone pole near the bank for several hours before the robbery. The employee said he only reason he noticed the suspect was because he was wearing a blue collared shirt, which is the Sherwin Williams uniform, and thought the suspect was an employee. The employee said he believed he had seen the suspect walking around there in the past few days.
Several employees at a nearby Hardee's restaurant also said they recognized the suspect. They said he ate there the past couple days, and they knew he was staying at the hotel across the street. They said the FBI was in Monday to check their outside surveillance cameras, but they don't reach across the street. The manager said the FBI was going to come back either later Tuesday or Wednesday to look at the video from inside the restaurant.
Police also released two images of a white four-door Chrysler 200 with SC tags IZM457, tinted windows and a "River Life" sticker on the glass. This is the vehicle of one of the victims, which was stolen, according to Conway Police.
Anyone with information on the murders or the location of Council is asked to contact law enforcement immediately and do not approach him. Those with information can also contact Crime Stoppers of the Low Country at 1-888-CRIME-SC (1-888-274-6372)