Answers in TD Bank robbery slow in coming

D. C. Moody Staff Writer

January 10, 2014

D. C. Moody

Staff Writer

EASLEY — Two men arrested in connection to a bank robbery in Easley remain in custody with no clear timetable for charges or possible extradition in the near future.

David McArthur King and Thomas Cuthbertson Jr., both 23, were arrested Dec. 13, 2013 in New Bern, N.C., where they remain in custody. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations the pair are being investigated and questioned concerning an unidentified number of bank robberies.

“The FBI is working with our local and state law enforcement partners to investigate several recent bank robberies in both North and South Carolina,” FBI Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch said. “This is an ongoing investigation into several bank robberies and the FBI’s policy is to not comment on ongoing investigations.”

The wait for answers locally will continue.

“It could be a week, a month, or a couple of years,” Major Tim Tollison of the Easley Police Department said. “There are several jurisdictions involved in this case, including crossing state lines, and the FBI is coordinating the investigation, sharing information as it becomes available.”

At this point there have been no charges against King and Cuthbertson on the state or federal level as federal agents continue to unravel the details of the alleged crimes. At this point no law enforcement agency of record has issued any statement concerning the scope of the allegations against the men in custody.

“King and Cuthbertson haven’t made any court appearances at this time,” said Don Connelly, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. “There are no charges or indictments. This office is waiting for the FBI to present its findings before moving forward.”

Still in its “initial stages,” the investigation into King and Cuthbertson’s activities poses a jurisdictional problem that will have to be sorted out before any charges could be preferred in any court, state or federal.

“When the time comes there will be a determination reached by negotiating between (federal court) districts,” Connelly said. “In most cases, if the charges are going to be federal, the case would be tried in the jurisdiction where the most activity occurred.”

Until the FBI has completed putting its case together, Pickens County residents will have to wait for answers.

“There is no timetable for anything at this point,” Tollison said. “The FBI is sharing information and until they complete their work we just have to be patient.”

King and Cuthbertson are suspected in the robbery of a TD Bank location in Easley on Nov. 22, 2013, when one of the men entered the bank at approximately 9:25 a.m. with a handgun demanding money. The pair are residents of New Bern, N.C., and to date no connection has been established between the suspects and the local area.

New Bern Police Department officials have not responded to requests for information at this time.