Phony bomb used to rob county bank

Pulaski Highway closed briefly

suspect escapes

August 13, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A bank robber's bomb hoax closed a bank and briefly shut down a major roadway in Baltimore County yesterday, police said.

A man carrying two bags entered the First Mariner Bank in the 8200 block of Pulaski Highway just after 2 p.m. yesterday, according to police, and handed a teller a note demanding money. The note also implied he had a bomb, said county police spokeswoman Cpl. Vickie Warehime.

The teller handed over an undisclosed sum, and the man left the bank but dropped one of his bags as he went, Warehime said.

"He left one behind -- as he was walking out. One of the bank employees didn't get out of the way fast enough and he hit her in the head with the bag," Warehime said. The woman was not seriously injured, she said.

The man left by car from a side parking lot. When police arrived, they evacuated the bank and closed both sides of Pulaski Highway around the bank while they turned a water cannon on the abandoned bag.

No explosives were found in the bag, Warehime said; the highway was reopened within 10 minutes.

The bank robber was described as a slim black man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt, dark pants and a dark cap, Warehime said.

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