Rookie officers arrest bank robbery suspect

September 20, 2000|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A suspect in three downtown Baltimore bank robberies allegedly held up a fourth yesterday and was arrested by a group of police trainees three weeks out of the academy.

The new officers, John Fry, Christopher Kelly, Charles Grimes and John Blueford, chased and caught the man at Eutaw and West Pratt streets.

Police said the officers saw the man throw down money that later was linked to the bank.

The suspect was identified as Al Gaymon, 38, with no known address. He was turned over to the FBI, by whom he is to be formally charged in the four robberies.

Police said Gaymon matches descriptions of suspects in holdups, which include the Bank of America at 10 Light St., the branch robbed yesterday and on Sept. 8, and the First Union Bank in the first block of St. Paul St. on July 27 and Sept. 12.

Central District Sgt. Anthony Proctor said that the bank security guard gave a description of the robber and that Gaymon was spotted by officers about a block away. They chased him but lost him.

A few minutes later, officers on Pratt Street saw a running man they considered a possible suspect. Officers Aaron Martin and Guy Passamichalis dropped off four trainees behind the man and then drove in separate squad cars ahead of him. "They all caught him in the middle," Proctor said.

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