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Martinez man accused of robbing bank arrested

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A Martinez man accused of robbing Wells Fargo on Furys Ferry Road at gunpoint Saturday has been arrested.

Andrew E. Nelson, 31, of the 3300 block of Davant St., is charged with armed robbery and being held without bond.

Deputies responded to the bank at 9:08 a.m. and arrested Nelson moments later at an office park on Bohler Road after the dye pack included with the stolen money exploded, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Police recovered the money and the weapon.

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OpenCurtain 01/06/13 - 08:22 am
There goes 5-10 years of his life.

Some people just don't understand the inside security of banks.
In fact, the capture rate for bank robbery is among the highest of all crimes.

There are better odds of getting away robbing an armored vehicle than a bank. An they have Armed guards.

BTW: any one remember the armored car that flip over in the 1980's on Gordon Hwy and US-25? The Armored Car guards even shot people picking up the scattered loose change off the roadway.

DestinyEL 01/06/13 - 03:08 pm
Sad, but get your facts straight

First off, this guy is my neighbor and I wouldn't call this street a decent neighborhood. This is not Martinez, it is Augusta. Dichotomy you have no idea what you are talking about. This guy is prior service military and as far as I know has no violent streak. I am shocked by this news. What he did was no doubt wrong and unjustified, but don't throw your assumptions into the mix. I am sad for Andrew, he was a nice guy who served our country and now he has screwed up big time.

itsanotherday1 01/06/13 - 03:57 pm
"he was a nice guy who served

"he was a nice guy who served our country and now he has screwed up big time."

I'm sad for Andrew too; because he apparently is someone that had things going for them. BUT!! Just as you said, he screwed up and now has to pay the piper.

I know a guy who was in his 50's when he went off the deep end and robbed a bank. His wife was sick with cancer, bills were piling up, and so on. Guy wouldn't hurt a fly, be just nutted up one day and robbed a bank over in the LBC area. He was arrested, charged, and convicted.

x58dav8r 01/06/13 - 05:34 pm
Armed robber = Murderer

I'm afraid Dichotomy is right. With the hue and cry over mass shootings and the need to make everyone safer, IMHO, if you commit a crime with a gun you should go to jail for twice the max allowed. Do it a second time or be caught in possession of a firearm go to jail for life. In either case there is no such thing as parole. If anyone dies during the commission of a crime with a gun, regardless of who owns the gun, who fires the gun or who dies, you go to the chamber. One appeal and if you don't make it count you go from the courthouse to the table.

zatherith 01/07/13 - 04:41 pm
Armed robber = Desperation, not Murderer

I knew Andrew as well he was my neighbor and we talked often. He is the divorced father of three girls all under the age of ten, and he did fight for our nation in the army and worked for Fort Gordon as a civilian contractor. He recently had to renew his contract and may have been let go, who knows. I do know that he cared for his kids greatly and was a very friendly and helpful neighbor. sometime people make rash decisions when they fall on hard times. Those of you who think a person who robs someone at gunpoint is a murderer should rethink your statement. If it were true then the individual that itsanotherday1 mentioned, who robbed a bank out of desperation for his dying wife, would have just shot his wife instead of robbing the bank to try and save her. Murderer by definition is "The unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditated malice" and that definitely doesn't sound like Andrew.

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