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Police: Man jumps counter, robs bank after card declined; tackled by customer

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Police say a person tackled a suspect after the robbery on East Main Street on Wednesday. (April 30, 2014/FOX Carolina) Police say a person tackled a suspect after the robbery on East Main Street on Wednesday. (April 30, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Police identified the suspect as 37-year-old McKinley Freeman Wilkes. (Source: Spartanburg PD Facebook page) Police identified the suspect as 37-year-old McKinley Freeman Wilkes. (Source: Spartanburg PD Facebook page)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg police said one person is in custody after a BB&T bank was robbed on Wednesday.

According to the Spartanburg Police Department's Facebook page, the suspect was attempting to withdraw money using his debit card at the BB&T at 330 East Main St. when it was declined.

The man then jumped over the counter and demanded money, police said. 

Police said he grabbed all the money he could hold in his hands and fled.

Police said a customer entering the bank turned and tackled the suspect after seeing him running through the parking lot.

When police arrived, they noticed several people in the parking lot holding the suspect to the ground. The suspect, who police identified as 37-year-old McKinley Freeman Wilkes, was taken into custody.

Captain Regina Nowak said no weapon was presented and no one was injured during the robbery. The suspect was transported to the hospital because he told officers he was injured.

A perimeter was set up and K-9s were called to the scene after witnesses told police another suspect may have been involved. Witnesses said the second suspect was sitting in a vehicle before police arrived, but ran away towards South Pine Street.

Police later said they located the potential second suspect who had no involvement or knowledge that Wilkes would commit a robbery. They said no charges would be filed against them.

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