State police are speculating that the man who broke into the First National Bank of Maryland in Abingdon Thursday morning intended to rob the bank but was scared off after being confronted by the bank manager, whom he beat unconscious.
The case, which was originally labeled an attempted robbery, has now been reclassified as a bank burglary since no money was taken from the Emmorton office in the Box Hill Shopping Center and the subject didn't ask for anything.
State police Tfc. Susan King, who is investigating the case, said she thinks the 46-year-old bank manager caught the intruder off guard and thwarted his efforts to rob the bank. The manager was "viciously beaten" about the head and choked. "I think she startled him, and he got scared [that] she could identify him and he attacked her," Ms. King said. "I think he had every intention of killing her," she added.
The victim, who police said was unconscious for 15 to 20 minutes after the attack, was readmitted to a hospital yesterday but is in stable condition.
She 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. She said the man, who police said broke in through a bank window and hid in the men's bathroom, lunged at her when she opened the restroom door during a routine morning inspection and started beating her, then tried to strangle her.
First National is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for the break-in and the assault.
Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call the Maryland State Police at 838-4101 or the FBI at 838-4349.