2 arrested after bank robbery leads to high-speed chase

WARRENVILLE, SC (WFXG) - Two men are facing charges after a bank robbery led to a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon through two counties, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

George D. Okaman, 22, of Warrenville and David L. Cassell, 26, of Aiken are charged with bank robbery, according to the NADPS. Oakman also faces a charge of failure to stop for blue lights.

Officers say that around 12:37 p.m. a man walked into the Regions Bank on West Avenue in North Augusta and presented a note to a teller that said he had a gun and wanted all the money in the drawer.

The teller gave the man the money, officers said. He then walked out of the bank. Employees saw the man get into a silver Dodge Nitro that headed north on West Avenue.

Officers saw a car matching the description in the downtown area and tried to stop it, according to the NADPS. The car sped up and failed to stop.

Officers chased the car across the 13th Street bridge into Augusta, where Richmond County deputies starting pursuing it, according to the NADPS. The car eventually made a left turn onto the 5th Street bridge back into South Carolina.

North Augusta Public Safety officers started chasing the car again, along with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. The car turned onto Highway 421, and the chase ended at the intersection of St. John's Road and Legion Road in Warrenville, where the men surrendered.

Officers identified the men in the car as Oakman and Cassell.

Officers say no one in the bank was injured during the robbery.

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