The man charged after the 'AK47' incident in Borough on Thursday is due in Camberwell Magistrates Court later today.
Al-Fodday Fofanah, 30, was detained after running through a pub in Borough carrying what appeared to be an 'AK47' rifle. He is accused of attempting to raid two banks - Santander on Walworth Road and a branch of Barclays in Borough.
He is also charged with two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery.
Police have today charged a 30 year old man with the attempted robbery of two banks in south London and possession of an imitation firearm.
Al-Fodday Fofanah will appear at Camberwell Magistrates court on Saturday 27 July.
Exclusive video from ITV News' Darren Burn.
Just had to hit the floor with @dazburn Quiet drink interrupted by man running past with AK47 followed by 3 armed men screaming "get down"
– met police spokesperson
We can confirm police were called on Thursday 25 July at approximately 13:47hrs to reports of an armed robbery at a bank in Borough High Street, SE1.
A man has been arrested and taken to a south London police station. No further details at this early stage.
The incident is due to be dealt with by the Met’s Flying Squad.
Police have detained a man who ran through a pub in Borough with what witnesses described as an AK47 gun.
ITV News producer Darren Burn was inside the George pub at around 2 o'clock this afternoon when the incident happened.
He tweeted what he saw:
– DARREN BURN, ITV NEWS PRODUCER
Samuel, my uncle and I just had to get on the floor as a gunman ran through the pub we're in.
It happened at the George pub in Borough - a black man with a gun that looked like an AK47 ran through. Men started chasing him and shouting "get down he has a gun."
I have never had to get down on floor before. The whole moment was surreal and I didn't react fast enough. Samuel and my uncle hit the floor.
I called the police but they're still not here. Gunman was carrying a gun with a Sports Direct bag in tow.
Three armed police have now arrived and are pursuing suspect.