Man Charged In Bank Holdup

February 20, 1992

A 28-year-old Annapolis man was charged yesterday with robbing a small bank on Main Street earlier this month.

Robert Melvin Harris was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. at his home in the 1200 block of Graff Court, police and FBI agents said. He was arraigned later in the day in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on charges of robbing the Bank of Maryland.

The FBI traced him through photographs taken by the bank surveillance system, said Andy Manning, a spokesman for the agency in Baltimore.

A man walked into the lobby of the bank at 145 Main St. in midafternoon on Feb. 5 and lingered until a bank teller approached him, city police said. He threatened the teller with a knife and escaped with an undetermined amount of money.

Police officers surrounded the area, but the robber managed to escape through an alley next to thebank. Several city residents called to identify the suspect after the FBI released a photograph.

If convicted, Harris could face up to25 years in prison.

The FBI also released information yesterday about a Jan. 17 bank robbery in the county.

Clifford Alan Trageser,40, formerly of Crownsville, has been charged with holding up a Crofton bank, Manning said.

The surveillance system at the Signet Bankin Crofton Center took photographs of the suspect, which were used to identify Trageser. He was arrested Feb. 10 in Augusta, W.Va.

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