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One of the three men suspected of robbing the BB&T bank in St. Matthews has been arrested, according to Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers.

Richland County sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals officers took Joshua Justin Zeigler into custody at an apartment complex in Columbia on Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old man, of 3822 Gibson Street, Columbia, is facing the following charges in connection to Tuesday’s robbery: criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, entering a bank with the intent to steal, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and two counts of kidnapping.

“I’m very happy we have this person in custody,” Summers said on Thursday.

Officers took Zeigler into custody on the 100 block of Ripplemeyer Avenue in Columbia.

Zeigler was out on bond on two 2015 Richland County charges of attempted murder, according to online court records.

In the meantime, investigators are continuing to follow leads to the other two suspects in the robbery.

St. Matthews Police Chief Michael Smalls said the three gunmen separated the bank’s two tellers and ordered them to empty their drawers of cash. The gunmen hauled away the cash in bags they brought themselves.

The robbers then left the bank in a blue Chevrolet Lumina.

No customers were inside the bank.

If convicted, Zeigler faces up to 30 years in prison.

On Thursday, a judge denied bond for Zeigler. A circuit judge may consider setting bond on Zeigler at a later date.

Zeigler turns 30 on Dec. 15.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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