Greenville, SC (FOX Carolina) - Officers with the Greenville Police Department say they've arrested an elderly man in connection to an early morning bank robbery along Pleasantburg Drive. 

According to police, the suspect entered the Bank of America at 498 South Pleasantburg Drive around 9:36 a.m. with a gun demanding money.  

Thankfully, police say no one was injured in the incident.

The suspect, now identified as 86-year-old Gilbert Paul Ware, left the property with the stolen cash. However, he was located and arrested shortly after at South Pleasantburg and E. Antrim Drive during a felony traffic stop. 

Police were able to recover the firearm used during the robbery, as well as all money taken. 

They've charged Ware with bank robbery, however more charges are expected. 

On Wednesday, we spoke with Ware's grandson. He is asking for compassion and prayers for his family. He says that he was saddened by some of the hateful comments that were posted about his grandfather online after the news of his arrest. 

He wants people to have compassion and pray for him and he hopes investigators get to the bottom of why this happened.

His grandson Travis ware says it could have been a number of things that led him to commit the crime ware of accused of committing.

Ware's grandson says the comments that were posted on social media were painful to see.

Travis Ware says he was, "very hurt by the comment. It is unfortunate that we live in the time that people are just plain out rude, disrespectful and mean. For them to take the time to demean, degrade and evaluate my grandfathers life. "

A life that Travis ware says is full of good memories; "People have really been reaching out and just reflecting on the positive role model and leader that my grandfather has been in Greenville county all this time."

He says his grandfather will be tested for cognitive issues that could have led him to doing the things he's accused of doing.

"He’s still a human, he is still a father, he still a husband, a grandfather, he’s a cousin, he’s a friend, he’s a next-door neighbor. He’s still all those things," says Ware.

Gilbert Ware's family is standing beside him as police continue to investigation.His grandson is asking for prayers as they navigate through this situation.

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