Originally created 06/13/06

Hearings set in robberies



Four men suspected of holding up banks in Georgia and South Carolina will make their first court appearances next week in Augusta.

Vincent Savageau, 26, and Demetrius T. Freeman, 24, already were charged in the April holdups of a pair of Columbia County financial institutions when a federal grand jury indicted them and two others Thursday.

In addition to Mr. Savageau and Mr. Freeman, Adrian Branham, 33, and Isaac Doby, 52, are accused of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

All four are in custody in South Carolina.

They are scheduled for their first court appearances June 21 in U.S. District Court in Augusta.

FBI special agent in charge Ed Reinhold said agents think that Mr. Branham provided a vehicle used in the robberies, and that Mr. Doby was the mastermind behind the spree.

According to the indictment, the robberies were:

- April 10, Bank of America in Camden, S.C., robbed of $17,877

- April 17, Wachovia Bank on Washington Road in Augusta, robbed of $62,111

- April 25, First Citizens Bank of Lugoff, S.C., robbed of $17,831

- April 26, a Bank of America in Columbia, robbed of $50,901

- April 27, CSRA Federal Credit Union on North Belair Road in Evans, robbed of $5,137

- April 27, Wachovia Bank on Washington Road in Martinez, robbed of $30,500.

Agent Reinhold said most bank robberies net smaller amounts of money. Investigators in South Carolina suspect there might have been other robberies, too, he said.

All four men have previous criminal convictions, agent Reinhold said.

Mr. Freeman and Mr. Savageau, who are accused of going into the banks to perform the robberies, face additional weapon charges of using a firearm during a crime and the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.