2 banks robbed FBI agents arrest suspect in first

February 14, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

A telltale clue was left behind after a Severna Park robbery Tuesday: the note that demanded the money was written on the back of a reservation confirmation at an Annapolis hotel.

FBI agents used the note to track down Daniel Mark Cohen, 34, to another hotel on U.S. Route 50 where he was arrested yesterday morning and charged with robbing the Bank of Baltimore branch in the 400 block of Ritchie Highway.

A few hours after the arrest, another Severna Park branch bank was robbed.

A man walked into the Annapolis Federal Savings Bank in the first block of West McKinsey Road and made off with cash after he asked the manager about a loan.

In the Feb. 9 robbery, a man fitting Mr. Cohen's description walked into the branch bank at 10:50 a.m. and gave the teller a note that said: "I have a gun. All the money in the drawers. Quiet."

After he got the money, the robber ran out the door.

Shortly after the robbery, agents found that Mr. Cohen had checked out of the first motel and paid cash for his bill.

Armed with the make and model of the suspect's car, agents began checking the parking lots of other area motels until they found his car in the lot of one just outside Annapolis on U.S. Route 50.

Investigators would not name the motels.

In the robbery yesterday of Annapolis Federal Savings, the robber demanded money from the manager as they discussed the suspect's chances of getting a loan.

After taking the money, he ordered all the employees into the vault and left the bank.

A teller told investigators that he saw a red car speeding from the parking lot after he got out of the vault.

Police described the robber as a black man, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 175 pounds with black short hair and brown eyes.

He was wearing a black corduroy baseball hat, black-rimmed glasses and had a mustache.

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