GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – One person was arrested and another is wanted for a string of armed robberies following a confrontation with officers in Gaffney.

The encounter began Saturday with a call reporting two suspicious individuals near Floyd Baker Boulevard in Gaffney.

“Patrol was notified about some suspicious individuals in a vehicle that had left One Finance company here in Gaffney,” said Maj. Brian Blanton, Gaffney Police Investigator.

Police said the two men later entered Liberty Tax Service. When police arrived, they observed a suspicious, unoccupied vehicle running in the parking lot.

According to law enforcement, they recognized the vehicle from recent descriptions for being wanted in connection with armed robberies at financial companies in South Carolina.

“When they pulled up, the Pontiac G6 was sitting in the parking lot running, keys in the switch but it was unoccupied,” said Maj. Blanton.

“Patrol was aware of the vehicle that they had seen in the parking lot and it was pretty familiar with our guys because of the most recent armed robberies in Spartanburg County and York County and surrounding agencies,” Maj. Blanton said.

“Once on the scene they located two individuals which matched the description of two suspects wanted for other robberies here in Gaffney and across multiple jurisdictions,” said Detective Terry Haney, Gaffney Police Department.

Officers found two men inside wearing masks and after a brief conversation, police said the two rushed the officers and escaped after being hit with a stun gun.

A short time later, Gaffney Police arrested 42-year-old Gerald Jerome Raymond of Gastonia, N.C. after they found him breaking into a vehicle on Marion Avenue. Raymond is facing numerous charges including armed robbery with a deadly weapon and assault on police officer while resisting arrest.

Following an investigation, it was discovered that Raymond matched descriptions of a man wanted in multiple states for numerous armed robberies and other crimes.

“After being on the phone with the FBI and numerous agencies over in Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina, these guys are wanted for multiple armed robberies,” said Maj. Blanton.

In South Carolina, police believe he is responsible for several unsolved incidents.

“As of right now it’s four states and probably nine to ten [robberies] in South Carolina alone,” explained Maj. Blanton.

Gaffney Police said they are working with agencies around the area and are in communication with the FBI regarding the suspects and other cases.

“There’s so many of these little finance companies that have been robbed. We are trying to put out information in the southeast to let them know what we’ve uncovered and who knows what and how many more is going to pop up that we weren’t aware of,” said Maj. Blanton.

Raymond is currently being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was denied bond.

The is still an ongoing investigation. Police have not yet released the identity of the other suspect who is still at-large.