Federal agents seek suspects in series of bank robberies

January 29, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Federal agents are searching the Baltimore area for two men -- one an escapee from a Pennsylvania prison -- who are wanted in two unrelated series of bank robberies in Maryland and several other states, the FBI said yesterday.

The two suspects, authorities said, have no connections to each other. But each is charged with robbing three banks in Maryland and more in other states.

One suspect is John Dennis Grubb, 53, who is charged with three counts of bank robbery in Maryland in the holdup Sept. 11 of First Union Bank in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road; the Oct. 17 robbery of Provident Bank of Maryland in Lutherville; and the Jan. 16 robbery of NationsBank in Garrison.

Grubb also has been charged with bank holdups from New Mexico through Ohio, the Carolinas and Pennsylvania.

He is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inches tall and about 205 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and was last seen driving a green or aqua 1996 Ford Contour that has been reported stolen in Ohio.

The second suspect is Edward Thomas Brown, 32, who police said escaped from the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, Pa., on June 29. He was serving a 16- to 32-year sentence for robbery and burglary, and has a previous conviction for trying to kill a Pennsylvania police officer.

He is charged with kidnapping and carjacking a motorist in North Carolina on Aug. 15, and with robbing a bank in Scranton, Pa., on July 31, and with robberies at three banks in Frederick.

Police charged Brown with robbing the NationsBank in Frederick on Oct. 31 and Dec. 16, and with robbing Woodsboro Bank on Jan. 12.

Brown is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He has blue eyes, brown hair, scars on both arms and neck, tattoos on his upper and lower arms -- one of a cross -- and scars on his face.

Police said Brown was last seen Tuesday in the 800 block of St. Paul St.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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