Suspect denies robbing bank

November 19, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

"It wasn't me."

Baltimore County police said that's what Antoinne Tony Williams, 27, suspected of robbing a bank, told officers yesterday after they found him hiding in a basement closet, cash and a coat covered with red dye at his feet.

Police said at least eight officers chased Mr. Williams into the Town & Country apartment complex, having spotted him only minutes after someone robbed the Maryland National Bank branch in the 6900 block of Liberty Road. Charged with armed robbery, he was awaiting a bail hearing last night.

"He picked the wrong place at the wrong time," said a police spokesman, noting the number of officers in the area when the robbery occurred.

Mr. Williams, who lives in the 1200 block of Cavendish Way, had been recently released from prison after serving 10 years of a 20-year sentence for a slaying that occurred in Baltimore in December 1981.

Police said yesterday's bank robbery began when a man in a camouflage coat and hooded brown hat entered the bank about 10:40 a.m. and gave a teller a note that read:

"If you don't want me to blow you away, you've got 30 seconds to give me $10s, $20s and $5s. No dye packs."

He displayed no weapon. The teller gave him more than $4,000, and slipped in a dye pack.

No customers were in the bank at the time. About a dozen employees were there, though most were unaware of the robbery, police said.

After taking the money, police said, the robber ran through the nearby Lantern Hills apartment and town house development to St. Luke's Lane, then sought hiding in the Town & Country apartment complex at 6800 Townbrook Circle.

About 10 minutes after the robbery, Officer Raymond M. Scott saw a man matching the robber's description walking along Yataruba Drive about two blocks from the bank, but the man then took off when he saw the officer, police said.

Soon, officers from the Woodlawn and Garrison precincts who happened to be in the area joined in the chase. They formed a perimeter around the building and moved in. They reported finding Mr. Williams in the basement closet.

Police said that Mr. Williams, who also spells his first name as Antionne and Antione, had been arrested in the city in June on a drug charge.

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