Police arrest suspect in automated-teller machine robberies

January 27, 1995|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

A suspect in a series of armed robberies at automated teller machines in the Glen Burnie area was shot early today by Anne Arundel County police conducting a surveillance of probable targets of the gunman, said a police spokesman.

Officer Maxwell Frye said the unidentified suspect sustained a single gunshot wound to the upper body and was admitted to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His condition was not immediately available.

His fingerprints were to be taken in order to positively identify him.

Officer Frye said members of the county police special operations section, Northern District detectives and robbery unit detectives had been staking out several banks in and around Glen Burnie for more than a week seeking a man who has robbed several ATM customers at gunpoint.

Shortly after midnight, Officer Frye said, police were watching the NationsBank at Crain Highway and 8th Ave. in Glen Burnie when they spotted a man lurking near the bank before walking behind some bushes near a trash bin.

Moments later, a plainclothes officer assigned to the stake-out team drove onto the bank's parking lot, got out of his unmarked car and approached the teller machine as though to withdraw money.

As the officer stood in front of the ATM, the suspect stepped from behind the bushes, approached the officer and demanded his money while pointing a handgun at him.

After robbing the officer of an undisclosed sum, the gunman turned and was fleeing the scene when two members of the special operations squad who witnessed the incident approached him, identified themselves as police officers and ordered him to stop and drop his gun.

Officer Frye said the suspect failed to comply with the order and was shot by at least one of the officers.

Neither officer was injured.

After disarming the man, police summoned an ambulance, whose crew stabilized the man's condition at the scene before he was transported to the parking lot of nearby Glen Burnie High School, where he was flown by a MedEvac helicopter to Shock Trauma.

Officer Frye said the man would be charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of using a handgun in the commission of a felony and is suspected of committing at least seven other ATM robberies.

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