Bank robbery suspect arrested after chase

April 26, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 23-year-old Columbia man was arrested yesterday after a police pursuit by car and on foot ended at a Little Patuxent Parkway office building, Howard County police said.

Officers tried to stop the suspect as he was driving from The Mall in Columbia about 3 p.m. to serve an outstanding arrest warrant in connection with a robbery April 3 at the Bank of America branch in Owen Brown village, police said.

Instead, he sped up with police in pursuit, Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

The suspect parked at the Century Plaza Building and ran through some woods into a second office building in the 10700 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, she said.

As police ran into the building, occupants ran out, Llewellyn said. The suspect was taken into custody in an office, she said. There were no injuries.

The suspect was linked to the bank robbery after investigators matched a fingerprint from the crime scene to him.

In the robbery, two suspects, their faces partially covered with bandanas, displayed a gun and left with an undisclosed amount of money, police said. A witness told officers that a dye pack exploded in the money package.

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