Wilson man sought in S.C. bank robbery, double homicide

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A Wilson man accused in an Aug. 11 BB&T heist is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of two bank employees in a South Carolina robbery.

Brandon Michael Council, 32, is considered a "person of interest" in the Monday killings at a CresCom Bank in the Horry County town of Conway near Myrtle Beach, according to Conway police Lt. Selena Small.

Officers were called to the CresCom branch at 1230 Sixteenth Ave. at 1:16 p.m. to find two employees who had died in the shooting. Police say the robber drove away in one of the victims' cars.

A deputy Horry County coroner identified the victims as Donna Major, 59, of Conway, and 36-year-old Kathryn "Katie" Skeen of Green Sea, according to multiple media outlets.

The suspect is described as a black man with long, braided hair. Conway police say Council is wanted for questioning in the robbery and murders.

"We have reason to believe he may have been in the Conway are and are following up on leads at this time," Small said in a Conway Police Department news release.

Small said Council "could possibly change his hairstyle" and released Wilson booking photos showing Council with long, braided hair and with a shaved head.

Council faces a charge of felony common-law robbery after Wilson police say he demanded cash at BB&T's 1604 S. Tarboro St. branch at 9:14 a.m. on Aug. 11. The charge indicates Council did not display a weapon during the robbery here.

Several people who posted comments Monday night and Tuesday morning on a WilsonTimes.com story about the BB&T heist said Council resembled a person wanted in the CresCom robbery and killings. That nearly two-week-old story became the most-viewed article on the Times' website Tuesday.

Council's parole on 2011 convictions of larceny over $1,000 and being a habitual felon ended July 31 - less than two weeks before police say he robbed the Wilson bank.

State records show Council also served prison time for a Wilson County conviction on a felony breaking and entering charge in 2008 and has previous convictions of misdemeanor larceny in Wake County, felony larceny of a motor vehicle in Pitt County and felony receiving a stolen vehicle in Wilson County.

Authorities said Council is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who comes into contact with Council is urged to call 911 and avoid approaching him.

Conway police are also searching for the victim's car used as a getaway vehicle in the robbery. Officers describe it as a white four-door Chrysler 200 sedan with South Carolina license plate IZM 457. The car has tinted windows and a "River Life" window sticker.

Anyone with information on the CresCom robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 1-888-274-6372.

Tipsters can also call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 252-243-2255.