Man suspected of robbing bank 3 times is arrested Police stake out branch as third holdup occurs

March 14, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A suspect who was being sought in four bank robberies was arrested yesterday about 20 minutes after a Catonsville bank was robbed, the FBI said.

Agent Larry Faust, spokesman for the Baltimore FBI Office, said agents and Baltimore County and state police were staking out the Crestar Bank in the 700 block of Frederick Road about 2: 30 p.m. when they saw a man enter the bank, which had been robbed twice this year.

The man fit the description of a suspect being sought in the two earlier robberies there and two robberies of a bank in Baltimore City, Faust said.

He said the man, who apparently was unarmed, gave a teller a note demanding money.

A few minutes after entering the bank, the man left and got into a car as authorities tried to stop him, Faust said. However, he rammed an agent's vehicle and drove east on Frederick Road, then onto the Beltway with authorities in pursuit, Faust said.

The man drove off the Beltway at Security Boulevard, abandoned his car at Johnnycake and Fairbrook roads and ran (( into a cornfield where he was arrested, Faust said, adding that money from the robbery was recovered.

The man is a suspect in robberies of the Crestar bank Jan. 28 and Feb. 14 and a NationsBank in the 700 block of W. 40th St. in the city on Feb. 4 and March 3, Faust said.

Michael J. Cornell, 32, of the 7400 block of Lesada Drive in Woodlawn was charged with yesterday's bank robbery, Faust said.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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