Police charge Hillendale man, 32, in six Baltimore County robberies

November 25, 1997|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A man arrested Sunday after barricading himself in a motel room in Timonium has been charged in five bank robberies and a convenience store holdup, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Alan P. Malstrom, 32, of the 2700 block of Glendale Road in the Hillendale area was initially charged with the Nov. 20 robbery of the First National Bank branch in the 7900 block of Harford Road.

Based on interviews with Malstrom and with witnesses, police charged Malstrom in the Oct. 5 holdup of a High's store in the 8700 block of Satyr Hill Road.

He also was charged with robbing First Mariner Bank in the 8600 block of Loch Raven Blvd. on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18; First National Bank on Harford Road on Oct. 27; and Wyman Park Federal in the first block of Ridgely Road on Nov. 17.

A picture taken during the First National robbery Nov. 20 was broadcast on television news, and police received information that led them to Malstrom's home. His parents told officers Malstrom was at the Royal York in the 1700 block of York Road.

Officers went to the motel where Malstrom and his girlfriend had barricaded themselves in a room, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

A brief standoff took place before the woman, whose identity was not released by police, left the motel room. A short time later, about 2 a.m., Malstrom came out of the room and was arrested, police said.

Police said a robber used a note to demand money in the five bank robberies, and at the convenience store displayed something in his belt that looked like a gun butt.

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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