2 men arrested after North Augusta bank holdup, chase

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Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 1:52 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA — Two men are in custody after the holdup Tuesday of a North Augusta bank, which led to a chase through two counties and ended with money being thrown from the fleeing vehicle before it was stopped.

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Police have identified the men they arrested as George D. Oakman III, 22, of Warrenville, and David L. Cassell, 26, of Aiken. Both men are charged with armed robbery, and Oakman faces an additional charge of failure to stop for blue lights.

North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said police were called to Regions Bank on West Avenue about 12:45 p.m.

Witnesses told police Cassell entered the bank and gave a teller a note demanding cash. He fled with the money.

A North Augusta officer tried to stop a vehicle that matched the description of the one used by the bandits, but it sped away.

Officers from North Augusta, Aiken County, Richmond County and the Georgia State Patrol were involved in a chase that went from North Augusta into Richmond County on 13th Street and then back into Aiken County by the Fifth Street bridge.

According to Richmond County dispatchers, the chase reached speeds of about 100 mph before ending near Warrenville.

Thornton said money was thrown from the vehicle before police apprehended the suspects in the vehicle.

Thornton said no one was injured during the robbery.

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Farmboy
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Farmboy 10/01/13 - 02:17 pm
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Jail

There are some people that are not capable of functioning in society. The only place they can be is in jail. Sad, but true.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/01/13 - 02:56 pm
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Too bad they didn't just

Too bad they didn't just shoot them. I'm sick and tired of punk thieves. The judges and jail system will just turn them loose on us again. Put them down the first time...for good.

triscuit
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triscuit 10/01/13 - 03:17 pm
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where did the money

where did the money land?...just askin'!

faithson
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faithson 10/01/13 - 03:21 pm
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dichotomy

your avatar pretty much expresses your sentiment on this one...

my.voice
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my.voice 10/01/13 - 03:30 pm
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This is why all towns need at

This is why all towns need at least one draw bridge :)

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/01/13 - 04:09 pm
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I guess david
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scott and john lewis will have to wait a spell before their constituents will be able to vote for them again. But then again, lewis and scott are known for having votes cast in absentia.

KSL
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KSL 10/01/13 - 04:46 pm
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Dichotomy

I agree.

KSL
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KSL 10/01/13 - 04:47 pm
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But

Shoot to kill so as not to have medical bills paid for by the taxpayers.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 10/01/13 - 05:57 pm
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I'm surprised they made it as

I'm surprised they made it as far as Warrenville after driving at high speed over the 5th street bridge. Probably a bunch of pieces of their car lying near the Augusta end of that bridge now...

KSL
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KSL 10/01/13 - 07:17 pm
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bdouglas

You have that right. That hump is awful!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 10/01/13 - 09:56 pm
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Hard time
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They'll get 3 years for the bank robbery and 20 years for speeding through North Augusta.

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