Fulton teen is charged in Glenelg bank holdup Bandit brandished gun, wore Halloween mask

November 10, 1996|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old high school dropout from Fulton has been charged as an adult with robbing a Glenelg bank Thursday, Howard County police said.

William L. White IV of the 7300 block of Pindell School Road was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with two counts of robbery, theft, possessing a handgun, marijuana possession and first-degree assault.

He was being held on $900,000 bail at the Howard County Detention Center.

Police said that a man walked into the Citizens National Bank on Ten Oaks Road in Glenelg about 1: 45 p.m. Thursday wearing a Halloween mask, black hooded jacket, black pants and black tennis shoes.

The masked person pointed a long-barrel .22-caliber handgun at tellers and demanded that they put money in a cloth bag he'd brought with him, according to police reports.

The tellers placed $5,046 including "dye pack" money into the bag, and the robber fled on foot.

Within minutes, police stopped a red Ford Mustang at the intersection of Burnt Woods Road and Roscommon Drive, about a mile from the bank.

Officers said the car had been speeding, and they asked the driver for his registration. When he could not find it, they asked permission to search the car.

Officers found a small smoking pipe in the glove compartment and a small amount of marijuana, police reports said.

A cloth bag with exploded dye packs was found in the trunk, as was a Halloween mask, police said. Money also was recovered.

Officers said the driver led them to a wooded area near the bank where they found black pants.

Described as a "polite, nice kid," by neighbors, White is an Atholton High School dropout who was raised by his grandparents in rural Fulton.

"This is really shocking," said Carolyn Semonco, a neighbor. "I saw him with an air rifle a couple of time, shooting birds out of the trees, but all teen-agers do that."

White's trial is set for mid-January. If convicted, White could be sentenced to 160 years in jail and $5,000 in fines.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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