Grand jury indicts 2 in holdup at home of bank manager, wife Men accused of trying to force him to open vault

January 23, 1998|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

Two men were indicted on federal charges yesterday in a robbery at the Howard County home of a NationsBank manager, who was threatened with death if he did not take the intruders to the bank and open the vault, prosecutors said.

The manager was able to persuade the men that he couldn't get into the bank, prompting them to try to burn down the man's house while he and his wife were bound with duct tape and handcuffs, prosecutors said.

"The violence employed in this crime is particularly frightening," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio. "The image is terrible: You and your wife are bound and gagged, and then they attempt to burn you alive."

Indicted by a federal grand jury were Wayne E. Jackson, 41, and Daniel L. Spence, 32, both of the 300 block of Ilchester St. in Baltimore. Each is charged with arson, attempted bank robbery, tampering with a victim and use of a firearm in a crime of violence.

Spence is jailed in Howard County. Jackson is being sought by federal authorities.

In the federal charges, two men are alleged to have broken into the bank manager's home, in the 6600 block of Hunt-shire Drive in Elkridge, on Dec. 11. When the manager, who oversees a downtown Baltimore NationsBank branch, and his wife arrived, two men armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a semiautomatic handgun were waiting for them, prosecutors said.

The two men took the couple's automated teller machine cards and their 1996 Chrysler Sebring convertible, prosecutors said. Before leaving the house, they poured gasoline on a pile of clothes and a tire in the basement, prosecutors said.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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