Jackson holdup suspects officially identified

Thursday, July 2, 2009 10:05 AM
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AIKEN -- Authorities have officially identified two suspects in Wednesday’s robbery of a Jackson bank that led to a chase and the death of a third suspect in a shootout with police.

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Phillip Perry Paul, 26, of the 600 block of Silver Bluff Road in Aiken, and Randolph Wilson, 22, of Elgin Court, Beech Island, each face a charge of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and armed robbery, according to an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office release.

Authorities say Jelani Edwards, 30, of Aiken, the third suspect, was fatally shot Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire with a Jackson Police Department officer.

Preliminary autopsy results on Mr. Edwards revealed that he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said today.

According to today’s release from the sheriff's office, police responded to the robbery at First Citizens Bank on Atomic Road in Jackson at 12:19 p.m., after witnesses said three men dressed in black had entered the bank with guns and demanded money.

A Jackson police officer saw the three drive away from the bank parking lot in a compact burgundy vehicle and a chase began. The driver of the burgundy vehicle lost control of the car, causing it to wreck at the intersection of Sheraton Road and Old Jackson Highway, which is near the Kimberly-Clark paper-products plant.

Police say three men jumped from the car and one was taken into custody immediately. A second suspect, identified as Mr. Edwards, fired a pistol at a Jackson Police Department officer and missed, according to authorities. The officer returned fire, striking Mr. Edwards, who was later pronounced dead.

A third suspect fled the area but was later arrested at a home on Williams Way in Beech Island. According to today's news release, police learned of the residence through the assistance of several agencies, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a Miami field office.

The residence is believed to be where the third suspect had visited or lived. The release didn’t state how the suspect is connected to Florida.

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this is just the start
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this is just the start 07/02/09 - 10:36 am
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Its a shame any of these scum

Its a shame any of these scum bags lived!!!!!!!!! I'm sure their families are upset, but they probably never complained about the stolen loot being spent prior to yesterday.

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Billy Shears 07/02/09 - 10:37 am
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Those mug shots aren't quite

Those mug shots aren't quite "Kid of The Day" material are they?

zigzag
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zigzag 07/02/09 - 10:41 am
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Obviously part of Obama's

Obviously part of Obama's "trickle up poverty." They were just trying to get their bailout money so richly deserved!

this is just the start
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this is just the start 07/02/09 - 10:46 am
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How did the dead scum bag's

How did the dead scum bag's family identify him to the press before the police released his name? Could it be that they knew what he was up to? Don't have pitty for these people, he got what he deserved.

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perymason 07/02/09 - 11:08 am
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They would look so much

They would look so much better stretched out on a morgue slab!!!!

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andywarhol 07/02/09 - 12:08 pm
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Give them a break. I'm sure

Give them a break. I'm sure they did it because of the tough economy. They probably had children to feed. They would've been able to get jobs had it not been for slavery and the man keepin them down.

jack
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jack 07/02/09 - 12:46 pm
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Good shot for the cop!

Good shot for the cop!

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Opinionated one1 07/02/09 - 12:57 pm
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My prayers go out to the

My prayers go out to the police officer that was forced by a stupid perpertartor to use lethal force to protect his life and others. I am glad it is the officer that went home to his family.

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