Deputies searching for bank robbery suspect in Union Co.

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UNION COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Union County deputies responded Tuesday afternoon to a bank robbery in Monarch Mill.

Sheriff David Taylor said the bank robbery happened just after 2:30 p.m. at Arthur State Bank on Lockhart Highway.

Taylor described the robber to be about 5’11” and to weigh approximately 220 pounds. He was wearing a teal shirt, khaki pants, tennis shoes, a black hat and sunglasses. He was armed with a large butcher knife.

Deputies set up a perimeter and searched the area with bloodhounds.

Bloodhounds tracked to a location where they found an undisclosed amount of money. Deputies believe the man left that location in a vehicle.

The robbery happened as Monarch Elementary School was dismissing. The school was placed on lock down. The lock down was lifted and all students were sent home safely, Taylor said.

No injuries have been reported, according to Taylor.

We will update this story as information becomes available.

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