Deputies uncover threat to bank, school

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ryan L. Bonneau


On April 16, Georgetown County Sheriff’s investigators were notified, by Sheriff’s detention center personnel, about a possible threat to a local bank and school.

Sheriff’s investigators interviewed multiple individuals and determined the following planned criminal activity:

A criminal conspiracy was discovered involving three incarcerated suspects. The main objective was a bank robbery. Upon further investigation it was determined the three suspects planned to create a diversion on the Waccamaw Elementary School’s rear sports field and adjoining parking lot, in areas unoccupied by students. This diversion was intended to distract deputies from a bank robbery which was planned to occur at Wells Fargo Bank, located at 13272 Ocean

Highway in the Litchfield Community.

The three suspects are identified as Ryan L. Bonneau, of 2739 Constitution Avenue, North

Charleston, Willie Edwards, of 22 Ferguson Drive, Pawleys Island, and Michael Hart, of 1919 Railroad Street, Georgetown.

Georgetown County Sheriff’s investigators determined the suspects acted together without any external assistance to plan and potentially execute this operation. There is no information that suggests additional participants at this time.

The Georgetown County School District and the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office worked in conjunction to ensure that at no time were students or faculty in any peril and at this time there is no imminent threat.

Bonneau, Edwards, and Hart are each charged with one count of Criminal Conspiracy.

All three were being housed at the Georgetown County Detention Center on unrelated charges.

Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip. Just dial 274637 from any text enabled cell phone, and text the word “GCSOTIP” followed by your message. This service is for crime tips only, not for the reporting of crimes in progress. For crimes in progress, call 911.

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