Man pleads guilty to assaulting officers during bank robbery attempt

October 06, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

A 54-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to assaulting two Howard County police officers during an attempted bank robbery in Ellicott City.

Marvin Beeachie Garner told a U.S. District judge in Baltimore of his involvement in the Jan. 23 attempted robbery of the Key Bank and Trust in the 9400 block of Baltimore National Pike.

According to police, Garner and two other men were seen by a bank guard, who had reported to police the men were lurking near the bank the day before the incident.

As the men neared the outer doors, one took 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.

The men fled in a car, and police chased them east into Baltimore County and then into Baltimore. During the chase, the car collided with two Howard County police cruisers. No one was injured.

Garner will be sentenced Dec. 18.

An accomplice, Barnell Vandiver, has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 12. Two other suspects in the case have not been arrested.

Pub Date: 10/06/98

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