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Three gunmen entered the BB&T branch in St. Matthews on Tuesday and robbed the tellers. Three suspects were in custody by Friday.

The two remaining St. Matthews bank robbery suspects were taken into custody early Friday morning in Columbia, Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers said.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshals Taskforce arrested Marquil Deshawn Ball, 26, of 907 Rosedale Arch, and Harold Leroy Butler Jr., 22, of 427 Todd Branch Drive, both of Columbia.

Joshua Justin Zeigler, 28, of 3822 Gibson St., also of Columbia, was arrested on Thursday.

Each of the men are facing the following charges: armed robbery, entering a bank with the intention to steal, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy.

A magistrate denied bond on each of the suspects.

Three gunmen entered the BB&T bank in St. Matthews at noon Tuesday.

The robbers told one of the tellers to hang up the phone when they entered. Bank employees pressed an emergency alarm which automatically alerted law enforcement.

The robbers separated the two tellers and ordered them to empty their drawers of cash, according to St. Matthews Police Chief Michael Smalls. The robbers carried away the cash in their own bags that they brought to the bank.

No one was injured during the ordeal and no customers were inside the bank when the robbery occurred.

“These arrests can be attributed to good, old-fashioned, dedicated police work,” Summers said.

“Certainly it was a combined effort and pure man hours that saw this case resolved,” he added.

The Columbia Police Department, the Midlands Gang Taskforce and Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation.

The suspects remain housed at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

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