Fmr. police chief accused of bank robbery given bond

Richard Inman
Richard Inman

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A former Upstate police chief accused of robbing a Simpsonville bank was given a $100,000 bond on Tuesday.

Richard Inman was once the police chief of Williamston. He’s now accused of armed robbery.

If he makes bond, Inman will be under house arrest and is required to have an ankle bracelet.

Police said he was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Franklin County, Georgia.

Simpsonville police said Inman walked into Bank of America on Fairview Road ind handed the teller a handwritten note claiming he was armed and demanding money.

Surveillance photos showed Inman was not wearing a disguise.

Richard Inman
Richard Inman

Former Williamston Mayor Carthel Crout says “I very well think this might be a call for help. I was shocked, really. Richard Inman, when he came here as police chief, was a great police officer.”

Crout said Inman had brain surgery to remove a tumor in 2011.

A few months later, Inman was under fire for a controversial photo he posted on Facebook of a port-a-potty with the words “Mexican spaceship” written on it.

When 7News questioned Inman about the Facebook photo in 2011, he said he thought it was funny.

“There’s nothing that indicates that we treat any minority group in the town of Williamston unfairly. We’ve never had a complaint,” Inman told 7News in 2011.

Crout asked Inman to resign a few days later.

“To see him where he’s at now is sad. It is real sad but the fact that he walked into a bank, it’s a federal offense, no disguise or anything, that just tells me he’s looking for help,” Crout said.

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