Man arrested after bank robbery in Timonium

October 03, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A suspected bank robber who police say had just gotten rid of clothing and stolen money was arrested on southbound Interstate 83 near Ruxton Road yesterday in an incident that stopped traffic on the busy highway for five minutes.

The man, whose name was not released yesterday pending charges, was arrested about 10 a.m., a half-hour after the robbery of the Susquehanna Bank in the 9700 block of York Road in Timonium. He was being questioned by police.

A woman in the car also was being questioned. Another male suspect was being sought, Baltimore County police spokesman Kevin Novak said.

He said police learned of the robbery from a man who was going to the bank but stopped outside when he saw two men wearing masks enter the bank.

Retreating to his car, the witness alerted police by car phone as the men ran out of the bank carrying bags of money, Novak said. The amount taken was not disclosed.

The suspects fled in a gray Honda recently reported stolen from Baltimore, Novak said. They drove to a house nearby where they shed some clothing on the lawn and a bag of cash that was tainted with a dye packet, Novak said.

The men fled again -- this time in separate cars -- and the witness tracked one of the men.

A county police officer found the car on the Jones Falls Expressway, where the suspect was arrested with the assistance of city police and state troopers, Novak said.

It was the county's 99th bank robbery this year, 62 of which have been cleared by detectives, Novak said.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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