Last Wednesday at approximately 10:20 a.m. the Cullowhee Branch of the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union was robbed by an armed and masked white male later identified as 21-year-old Brian Anthony Edwards, according to Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
The robbery suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of United States currency. A dye pack which was placed in the bag by an employee of the bank did go off while the suspect was fleeing the scene.
The communities around Western Carolina University were advised to “Shelter in Place” and to remain where they were until the suspect could be apprehended. Both WCU and Cullowhee Valley Elementary school were placed under a lock down after WCU police were able to confirm the suspect was armed.