Attempted bank robbery foiled by alert guard Police cruiser damaged in pursuit of 3 suspects

January 25, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

An attempted bank robbery in Ellicott City, foiled by the sharp eyes of a bank guard, ended in a chase and a damaged Howard County police cruiser late last week.

About 9: 15 a.m. Friday, three men who approached Key Bank and Trust in the 9400 block of Baltimore National Pike were recognized by the bank guard, who had reported to police that he had seen the men lurking near the bank Thursday afternoon, Richards said.

As the men neared the outer doors, one withdrew a handgun from his waistband, police said.

Before they could enter the bank, the guard locked the inner doors and told other employees to call police, Richards said.

The men fled in a green, four-door Buick driven by a fourth person that was spotted by a police officer responding to the call, Richards said.

Police chased the Buick east on Baltimore National Pike into Baltimore County and then into Baltimore until a Howard County police cruiser collided with the Buick at Cooks Lane, Richards said.

After the collision, police lost sight of the Buick, which eventually was recovered on Tremont Road near Frederick Road in Baltimore, Richards said.

Sgt. Curt Spanos, the driver of the Howard County police car involved in the collision, was treated at St. Agnes Hospital and released, Richards said.

Police were questioning a suspect picked up in the neighborhood near the abandoned car, Richards said.

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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