2 suspects arrested after bank robbery in Lincoln County

Two men armed with handguns accused of robbing a Denver bank on Monday were taken into custody as of Wednesday, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies were called to the State Employees Credit Union close to 11:10 a.m. on North Carolina Highway 73 after receiving a report from the bank’s alarm company.

The men entered the bank shortly after 11 a.m. and demanded money from the teller, the sheriff’s office said.

One of the suspects jumped over the counter and grabbed money as customers were ordered to get on the floor.

On Tuesday, the Belmont Police Department confirmed to Channel 9 that one suspect had been arrested. The suspect, Christopher D’Michah Tarrant, is facing a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Wednesday, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said a second suspect, Jaylen Shamari Rowell, was arrested in Charlotte. Rowell is accused of ordering employees and customers onto the floor at gunpoint while an accomplice jumped over the counter and took money from several cash drawers.

Tarrant’s bond was set at $225,000, and he was still listed in custody at the Gaston County Jail on Tuesday. According to the sheriff’s office, Tarrant was the alleged getaway driver in the robbery.

The accomplice is still wanted by investigators, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

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SECU sent Channel 9 a statement:

“Authorities are investigating, and we are working closely and in full cooperation with them. The safety and well-being of our members, employees, and community is our top priority. Our thoughts go out to everyone involved.

“The Denver Branch is temporarily closed. SECU members can access services at other locations or at ncsecu.org.”

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