Crime

February 13, 2013

Myrtle Beach man charged with armed robbery of Dollar Tree bank bag

Myrtle Beach police charged a 20-year-old man in connection with a November robbery of a Dollar Tree employee, who was making a nightly bank deposit at a bank branch in the city, according to authorities.

Myrtle Beach police charged a 20-year-old man in connection with a November robbery of a Dollar Tree employee, who was making a nightly bank deposit at a bank branch in the city, according to authorities.

Daniel Frank McLean, 20, was charged about 5 p.m. Tuesday with armed robbery and is being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail pending a bail hearing, according to an arrest report. Also on the report, McLean listed is his employer as the Dollar Tree.

The charge stemmed from 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6 when the victim, a 55-year-old man, told officers that he went to a Wells Fargo branch at 2110 N. Oak St., to make a deposit of two bank bags, police said. The deposits were from the Dollar Tree, but the report did not indicate which location.

The victim said he pulled into the drive-thru and got out of his vehicle at the deposit box and a man walked up, put a handgun to his head and demanded the money, according to the report. The victim said he was able to push the suspect back, but the suspect grabbed one of the bank bags and ran into a nearby wooded area.

A woman, who followed the victim to the bank to help with the deposits, told police she pulled up behind the victim and after he got out of the car she saw the suspect walk up to him, according to the report. The witness said she saw the suspect point a gun at the victim before the victim was able to push the suspect back.

The witness said she blew her car horn, but the suspect grabbed one of the bank bags from the victim and then ran away, according to the report.

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