Robbery is detailed as trial opens

The federal trial began Monday for two men accused of robbing a south Augusta bank last April.

Donald M. Reynolds Jr., of Hephzibah, and Alvin L. Price, of Charlotte, N.C., deny robbing Queensborough National Bank and Trust on Tobacco Road on April 21.

On Monday, the jury in U.S. District Court in Augusta watched video from the bank security cameras. A man wearing a white jumpsuit, black gloves and black wig walked in the back door carrying a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip. He fired into the ceiling and started yelling at the employees, branch manager Chavas Boyd testified.

Before leaving with $6,650 and a teller's wallet, the robber fired two more shotgun blasts at employees, Mr. Boyd testified.

Angela Belcher was in the area dropping her sister off at work, she testified. She noticed a lot of sheriff's vehicles, but it was two men in a blue Chevrolet Corsica who seemed strange. One of the men was driving extremely slowly, and the second was crouching in the back seat, Ms. Belcher testified. She called 911.

Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Steve An testified that he was in the area when he saw a blue Corsica on Deans Bridge Road. As he approached it, Mr. Reynolds fired at him from the back seat, Deputy An testified. He returned fire and then chased down Mr. Reynolds, who fled on foot.

Another officer arrested Mr. Price at the car. Inside, officers found $6,650 in bank wrappers, the teller's wallet, a sawed-off shotgun, a black wig and white overalls.

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