Suspect in Anne Arundel armed robberies arrested by FBI agents in Atlanta hotel room

September 03, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

An Annapolis man wanted by federal and local police on armed robbery charges was arrested Monday in an Atlanta hotel room, FBI officials said yesterday.

Tyreus Tyrone Brown, also known as "Huggy," was scheduled for an initial appearance before a federal magistrate yesterday. He asked to be brought back to Baltimore for a detention hearing in connection with the Aug. 13 robbery of the Annapolis Bank and Trust in the 2500 block of Riva Road.

He is being held without bond in Atlanta. It is unclear when he will be returned to Maryland.

Anne Arundel County police also have charged Brown, 29, of the 1800 block of Bowman Court with the armed robbery of an Annapolis Popeyes restaurant on July 8. Annapolis police have charged him with assaulting a police officer July 4.

Federal officials said they are investigating whether Brown was involved in other Annapolis area bank robberies, including one Saturday in which police found the gunman's loot and .40-caliber handgun. It was the 17th bank robbery in Anne Arundel County this year, compared with 22 last year through August, FBI officials said.

Officials would not say how they located Brown in Atlanta, but several agents converged on a southeast Atlanta hotel room about 5: 30 a.m. Monday and found him inside.

On Saturday, a gunman walked into the First National Bank in the 2000 block of Davidsonville Road about 10 a.m., pulled the slide back on a .40-caliber Glock handgun and ordered everyone to the floor, according to county police.

The gunman, who was wearing a ski mask, jumped over the counter and ordered the tellers to fill a bag with cash, police said. When he got an undisclosed amount, he took the bag and ran toward a Kmart behind the bank, police said.

Officers who searched the area found a ski mask in the woods behind the shopping center. A police dog searched and found a bag with cash taken during the robbery and the .40-caliber Glock, police said.

Federal officials said two men, one of them fitting Brown's description, used the same method of operation to rob the First National Bank branch in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway in Severna Park on Aug. 21 and the Annapolis Bank and Trust branch in the 700 block of College Parkway East on Aug. 28.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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