Boy to be tried as an adult in Crofton bank robbery

March 01, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 15-year-old boy arrested with three older companions in a violent armed robbery last week at a First Union bank branch in Crofton will be prosecuted as an adult, the county state's attorney's office ruled yesterday.

The juvenile -- identified as Terrence Lee Ragsdale of Washington -- was booked yesterday at the Southern District police station on charges stemming from the holdup and subsequent chase by police, including attempted murder and armed robbery.

Police said Ragsdale complained of feeling ill and was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center before an appearance before a District Court commissioner in Annapolis. He was denied bail and transferred from the Cheltenham Youth Facility in Prince George's County to the Anne Arundel Detention Center.

Ragsdale's grandmother, Carolyn Haywood, reached at her home in southeast Washington, said last night that the boy's mother had died Dec. 17 of a thyroid condition at age 30. His father is imprisoned in Lorton, Va., she added.

She said young Ragsdale had lived briefly with a friend of his mother in Silver Spring before being arrested in the bank robbery.

She said, "He's always been a pretty good child. I still don't understand it."

In the Feb. 22 holdup, three masked bandits -- two of them waving guns -- terrorized employees and customers, forcing them to lie on the floor. One worker was slapped and a customer was kicked before the robbers fled with thousands of dollars to a waiting car, according to police accounts.

Police said the 15-year-old was one of the three in the bank.

Undercover police detectives drove into the parking lot of the bank at Crofton Center as the bandits were running out -- resulting in a high-speed chase north on Route 3 in which shots were fired and hit a police cruiser.

The four suspects were arrested after the car ran off Millersville Road and crashed.

The others being held on related charges are Gerry Lee Osborne, 19, of Suitland; Tayyib Majihid Walii, 20, of Silver Spring; and Kenneth Collins, 31, of Washington.

Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the state's attorney, said the charge of attempted murder stemmed from the shots fired at police from the getaway car.

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