On August 23 at about 12:30 p.m., surveillance units spotted Council driving a white Mercedes Benz, leaving a motel parking lot in Greenville, North Carolina, the affidavit continues. Council drove to another motel, and marked police units responded. Council fled on foot, and after a brief chase, he was taken into custody. He was found to be in possession of his North Carolina ID card, and key fobs for a Chrysler and a Honda vehicle.
FBI officials said Council was then advised of his Miranda rights, which he waived, and he agreed to make a statement. He confessed to the CresCom Bank robbery, and admitted to shooting both employees during the course of the robbery. He told agents he was desperate, needed money, and knew he was going to shoot someone. He then told agents he had watched “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” and that he did not deserve to live.
“Get Rich or Die Tryin'” starts Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as a young man who lost his other to a murder, then began working for a drug dealer, according to an online film synopsis. He is shot multiple times during a robbery, and decides to change his life.
A federal criminal complaint from the United State District Court charges Council with armed bank robbery with a deadly weapon resulting in death, use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said Wednesday that they are also pursuing two counts of murder, entering a bank with the intent to steal, grand larceny, armed robbery, possession of weapon during a violent crime and being a felon in possession of a pistol.
United States Attorney Beth Drake announced Thursday morning a hearing had been set for accused Conway bank robber Brandon Michael Council.
The hearing will take place at about 2:45 p.m. in the federal courthouse in Greenville, NC, located at 216 South Evans Street.