Former SC Police Chief Wanted for Armed Robbery Captured in Franklin County

Richard Edward Inman

A former South Carolina police chief is behind bars charged with armed robbery of a bank after being captured in Franklin County.

48-year old Richard Edward Inman is the former Police Chief of the Williamston, SC Police Department.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Thomas, Inman was arrested near Carnesville Sunday afternoon.

“At around 12:30 Sunday afternoon, Franklin County dispatch received a lookout for a silver Lincoln SUV, driven by Inman, that was headed southbound from South Carolina,” Thomas said. “Inman was wanted for the alleged armed robbery of a bank in Simpsonville, SC.”

Thomas said an off-duty police officer in South Carolina reportedly spotted the vehicle and was following it.

“Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies spotted Inman’s vehicle on I-85 southbound and conducted a felony traffic stop at mile marker 164 near Carnesville,” Thomas explained. “Deputies say at the time of his traffic stop, Inman produced a Georgia driver’s license with a Calhoun, Georgia address.”

Inman was arrested and taken to the Franklin County Detention Center where Thomas said he voluntarily signed extradition papers.

Inman had an extradition hearing in Franklin County Magistrate Court Monday and is expected to be returned to South Carolina this week.

Meantime, Thomas said the investigation continues.

“Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators have served search warrants for certain evidence associated with the crime committed in South Carolina.  The search warrants pertain to the vehicle and other property Inman had in his possession at the time of the traffic stop in Franklin County on Sunday,” he said.