Ellicott City man pleads guilty to robbing six banks in Carroll, Frederick counties Man may get 5 to 20 years in each of 4 Carroll crimes

December 17, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City man pleaded guilty yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court to robbing six banks -- four in Carroll County and two in Frederick County -- of more than $29,000 between December 1996 and March 1997.

Michael F. Zemanick, 44, of the 500 block of Oella Ave., was arrested after a gas station attendant became suspicious when he saw a man in a red pickup truck parked near Susquehanna Bank on Ridge Road in Eldersburg on June 5.

Zemanick answered questions politely and firmly yesterday. When asked if he was pleading guilty because he was guilty, Zemanick said, "Yes, I am."

Prosecutor David P. Daggett said Zemanick has a bank robbery case pending in Harford County. He told Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. that Harford County might not prosecute its case, depending on the sentences Zemanick receives in Carroll.

Beck set sentencing for Jan. 23.

According to a plea agreement, Beck may impose from five to 20 years in each of four Carroll County robberies.

Zemanick agreed to have the two Frederick County cases transferred to Westminster, but prosecutors there asked that Zemanick receive suspended 10-year sentences to run concurrently with his sentences in Carroll.

According to the statement of facts, Zemanick entered banks and handed a teller a bag and a handwritten note demanding bills in various denominations. The notes also ordered that no explosive dye packs be included with the money and threatened to kill everyone in the bank if tellers did not comply.

Daggett listed the banks robbed in Carroll as the New Windsor State Bank in New Windsor on Dec. 12, 1996; Union National Bank in Westminster on Jan. 18; the Carroll County Bank in Finksburg on April 11; and First National Bank in Hampstead on May 2.

Daggett said the banks robbed in Frederick County were the First National Bank of Maryland in Frederick on March 25, and NationsBank in Mount Airy on Dec. 21, 1996.

State police distributed a photograph throughout Carroll County taken from a bank surveillance camera. The photo showed the robber's elongated nose and a stocking cap high on his head. Police dubbed the suspect "Cone Head."

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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