Holdup suspects run into trouble

Pair fleeing bank, encounter FBI agent and 2 city officers

April 28, 2001|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

There's never a cop around when you need one, the adage says. But two men suspected of holding up a downtown Baltimore bank couldn't stop bumping into the law yesterday.

First, one of the men ran from the Bank of America branch in the 100 block of S. Charles St. and brushed by an FBI agent on a lunchtime stroll.

Then, the second man led a city policeman on a foot chase to the getaway car, only to run into another officer ticketing it for being illegally parked. Both men were arrested. Officers recovered the gun and the money.

Charged by the FBI with bank robbery were James Andre Reddick, 26, of the 1300 block of N. Ellwood Ave., and Tyrique Stokes, 18, of the 2700 block of Mura St. They are scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate Monday.

What ended comically began with what police describe as a brazen daylight robbery at a downtown branch that was packed with customers.

About noon, two men, one armed with a .38-caliber handgun, walked into the bank. As the gunman forced customers and employees to keep their hands in the air, the other man stepped behind the counter and emptied cash drawers into a black bag, police said.

An FBI agent, whom officials declined to identify, had just left a Burger King up the street and happened to see the gunman through the bank's front window. A moment later, the robbers bolted outside.

At that point, city Officer Joseph Seymour drove by and spotted the commotion. Seymour and the FBI agent chased both men south and then east on Pratt Street. The agent caught the first suspect, holding the bag of money, on Pratt.

Seymour continued to run after the second man, who dropped the gun and keys along the way. The man led Seymour to what was supposed to be the getaway vehicle, a rental car parked at South Sharp and West Conway streets, police said.

Standing there was Officer Herbert Swensen, who was writing a parking ticket. The suspect saw him and tried to turn around, but it was too late, police said.

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