Suspect charged in bomb threat

June 27, 1996|By Kathleen B. Hennelly | Kathleen B. Hennelly,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Howard County police charged a man yesterday with trying to rob a Columbia Bank branch last month by calling in a bomb threat.

Dayton Collins Jr., 35, of Baltimore, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, extortion, assault by threat and threatening use of an explosive device. He was being held at Howard County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

On May 22, a man called the Columbia Bank in the Harper's Choice Village Center and told a teller that he had placed a bomb in the bank's foyer.

He demanded that the teller put $3,000 dollars in a bag and place it in front of the nearby CVS Pharmacy or he would activate the bomb.

Police found a Dunkin' Donuts box behind a plant in the foyer. They determined that the box did not contain a bomb but had only newspapers and books inside.

Police said that there were fingerprints all over the box, inside and out. The fingerprints matched those of Collins, police said, and he was arrested at his apartment without incident.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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