Off-duty Baltimore County officers capture suspect in bank robbery

March 19, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Three off-duty Baltimore County police officers who were using an automated teller machine outside a Parkville bank Friday captured a man suspected of robbing the bank as he tried to escape, Baltimore County police said.

Cpl. Robert Czawytko, who was looking through the window of the First National Bank of Maryland in the 7900 block of Harford Road, saw what appeared to be a robbery in progress at 6:50 p.m., police said. Corporal Czawytko and two other officers from the traffic division -- William King and Joseph Murray -- apprehended the suspect as he left the bank. They recovered a white plastic bag with an undetermined amount of money, police said.

The suspect was held at the bank until additional officers arrived and arrested him, police said. Leon Coles Jr. of the 100 block of N. Monastery Ave. in Irvington was charged with robbery. Mr. Coles will have a bail review tomorrow.

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