Victim of beating at bank describes her assailant HARFORD COUNTY

August 03, 1993|By Aminah Franklin | Aminah Franklin,Staff Writer

An employee at the First National Bank of Maryland in Abingdon who was brutally beaten by a man who broke into the bank Thursday has given police a more detailed description of her attacker.

The 46-year-old bank manager, who previously was too traumatized to remember the incident, told police she was attacked by a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with broad shoulders and brown hair, wearing a tan, long-sleeved, button-down shirt and a blue bandanna covering the lower half of his face.

First National is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the man who broke in through a bank window and hid in the men's room early Thursday morning.

Bank officials said the unusually large reward was offered because their employee, who was released from Fallston General Hospital Saturday, was so badly battered. After the beating, she was unconscious for 15 to 20 minutes, state police said.

Police and the FBI originally labeled the case an attempted robbery, but no money was taken, so it has been reclassified as a burglary, FBI spokesman Andy Manning said yesterday.

State police Tfc. Susan King, who is investigating the case, said the last time a First National employee was so viciously attacked was in 1986, when a teller was fatally shot.

The victim of Thursday's beating, who was in charge of opening the bank, said she had entered the Emmorton Plaza office in the Box Hill Shopping Center about 7:30 a.m and was doing a routine inspection when she opened the restroom door.

She said a man lunged at her and started beating her, then tried to strangle her. She told police she blacked out but revived a couple of times and tried to fight off the man, who she said never spoke to her.

A second employee, who routinely helps open the bank, became worried and called police about 7:55 a.m. when her co-worker did not give her the "all-clear" signal to let her know it was safe to enter the bank.

Neither the police nor bank officials would comment on why an alarm did not sound when the bank window was broken.

"Everything about this case is bizarre," Mr. Manning said. "We really are at a loss for a motive here."

Anyone with information about a suspect is asked to call the Maryland State Police at 838-4101 or the FBI at 838-4349.

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