CLEARWATER, SC (WFXG) - It only took about one hour, for authorities to track down a bank robbery suspect in Aiken County today. Investigators arrested 44-year-old David Jackson.
He's accused of robbing the Regions Bank on Jefferson Davis Highway near Belvedere Road. Employees said Jackson walked inside and demanded money.
"This is the first time that something like this has happened."
A frightening, yet rare encounter for most neighbors around this area.
"At 10:32, our dispatch center received a call about a bank robbery at the Regions Bank here in Clearwater. Five minutes later, at 10:37 the first deputy arrived," said Sheriff Michael Hunt with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
By the time deputies arrived at the bank, the robber had run away. Deputies said they searched the woods and neighborhoods for about an hour before tracking down suspect David Jackson.
"We have campers in the back and we also have two other buildings and that would be a great place to hide because we got about three. Plus it's a big ole backyard and he could be hiding anywhere back there."
A neighbor who chose not to go on camera says when she pulled up and deputies told her what happened, she just knew her yard would be a target for the suspect.
"By the time I got home and checked that backyard, there he was coming over the fence."
"It's a scary feeling because you never know what they got. They could've had a gun. I told daddy to come on back this way because, I don't want to get killed or shot over anything."
She said she ran in the house, locked the doors and contacted police. They were able to capture Jackson about three houses down on Townsend Street.
"It's a combination of a good perimeter and citizens calling us about spotting him jumping fences," said Hunt.
"I'm just glad that he's caught and one less theft off the streets."
Clearwater Elementary was locked down for a short time while investigators worked to track down the suspect.