Police: Bank robber, chase suspect was jail escapee - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Police: Bank robber, chase suspect was jail escapee

Clifton Porterfield (Source: Richmond County Sheriff’s Department) Clifton Porterfield (Source: Richmond County Sheriff’s Department)
Angela Gibson (Source: Richmond County Sheriff’s Department) Angela Gibson (Source: Richmond County Sheriff’s Department)
The end of the chase The end of the chase
Authorities take Clifton Porterfield into custody Authorities take Clifton Porterfield into custody
Authorities arrest Angela Gibson Authorities arrest Angela Gibson

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Midlands man in jail for robbing a Georgia bank and leading police on a high speed chase Thursday had escaped from jail in 2005, according to authorities.

According to Richmond County, Ga. Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Carrier, 31-year-old Clifton S. Porterfield of West Columbia went into a Suntrust Bank in Augusta around 10:50 a.m. and demanded money. Porterfield then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and jumped into a truck with 35-year-old Angela Gibson of Moncks Corner, SC, according to authorities.

Carrier says the bank is about 110 yards from I-20, so the duo got on the interstate heading east toward Columbia. Officials from several different agencies, including Richmond County, Aiken County and Lexington County deputies, caught up with the Porterfield and Gibson and began a pursuit. 

The chase ended just before exit 58 in Lexington County when authorities used stop sticks to blow the truck's tires.

Porterfield and Gibson were arrested without incident. Although Porterfield did not show a gun during the robbery, deputies did find one after searching the suspects' truck.

Porterfield escaped with three other inmates from the Lexington County Detention Center back in July of 2005. He was being held on assault and kidnapping charges. He was eventually captured a couple days later near Atlanta.

The suspects were taken to the Lexington County Detention Center where they waived extradition. Both were transported back to Augusta Thursday afternoon to face charges.

According to Carrier, both suspects have been charged with Robbery by Intimidation. Porterfield has also been charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

The U.S. Marshals Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating.

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