FBI: Council admits killing bank employees; says he just watched movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin"

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Federal court documents say a Wilson man has admitted killing two South Carolina bank employees, telling FBI agents that he knew he was going to shoot someone that day.

Brandon Council was nabbed shortly after noon Wednesday at the Baymont Inn on Memorial Drive after police got a tip that he was spotted in Greenville.

Council, who is from Wilson, is being charged with Monday's bank robbery in Conway, South Carolina where two employees of the CresCom Bank were shot and killed. He is also facing charges in Wilson for the August 11th holdup of a BB&T.

In a federal complaint, FBI agents say Council told them he had watched the movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin", that he was desperate, needed money and knew he was going to shoot someone.

The document says surveillance video shows one bank employee was shot multiple times after a brief conversation with Council. It then shows Council jumping over the teller counter, finding another employee hiding underneath a desk. She too was shot multiple times and both women died.

Federal authorities have charged Council with armed bank robbery with a deadly weapon resulting in death and with use, carry, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The FBI says $15,294 was taken in the South Carolina holdup.

The 32-year-old man had a hearing this afternoon in Greenville before Federal Magistrate Kimberly Swank. Council was polite, well spoken and looked straight at the judge.

He said he would voluntarily return to South Carolina, while a prosecutor said Council could face the death penalty if convicted for the murders.

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Police in Greenville say they have apprehended a Wilson man wanted in the deaths of two South Carolina bank employees.

Chief Mark Holtzman says shortly after noon they received a 911 call that someone had spotted Brandon Council near the Red Lobster on South Memorial Drive.

The chief said an officer initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled into the Baymont Inn. Council ran from the car, but was caught by officers a short time later, according to Holtzman.

Holtzman says two other people have been detained who were with Council at the time.

Council was named as a person of interest in Monday's deadly holdup of the Cres Com Bank in Conway. Council--who is from Wilson--was named as a suspect in the August 11th robbery at the BB&T on Tarboro Street in Wilson.

Authorities in Conway say Council will be charged with two counts of murder, armed robbery, grand larceny, among other charges in connection with Monday's deadly robbery.

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Police say a man wanted for a bank robbery earlier this month in Wilson is a person of interest in the deaths of two South Carolina bank employees.

Brandon Council is wanted for the August 11th holdup at the BB&T in Wilson.

Conway, South Carolina police say they believe Council was in the Conway area and is a person of interest in the robbery and shooting at the Cres Com Bank on Monday.

Two employees were killed in that robbery and the gunman made off with one a car that belonged to one of the victims. It is a white 4-door Chrysler 200 with South Carolina tags IZM457. The vehicle has tinted windows and a large "River Life" sticker on the back glass.

Police say Council could possible change his hairstyle.

Anyone with information on Council or the bank robbery should immediately call police.

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Police say they have warrants out for a Wilson man for last week's bank robbery.

The BB&T on South Tarboro Street in Wilson was held up around 9:15 a.m. on Friday.

Wilson police say they are looking for 32-year-old Brandon Council for the bank robbery.

No one was injured in the bank robbery and if you know the whereabouts of Council, please call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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Police are investigating a bank robbery that happened Friday morning.

No one was injured in the holdup at the BB&T on South Tarboro Street in Wilson.

It happened around 9:15 a.m.

The bank robber is described as a black man with dreadlocks who is around 25 years old. The man was wearing a red shirt with a yellow logo, blue jeans and a black style hat. He was possibly driving a 2000s light grey Chevy Impala.

The robber got away with an unknown amount of money, according to police.

Anyone with information on the bank robbery should call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.