Md. State Police seeking suspect in armed bank robbery...

Carroll Digest

July 31, 2002

Md. State Police seeking suspect in armed bank robbery

Maryland State Police were looking for a man who they say robbed the Farmers & Mechanics Bank on Route 140 at Market Street in Westminster yesterday morning.

Troopers received a call shortly after 10 a.m. reporting an armed robbery at the bank. A bank teller told police the man implied that he had a weapon and demanded money.

The employee turned over an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect ran east on Route 140. Investigators believe the man had a vehicle in the area.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, clean shaven, and wearing a green baseball cap, sunglasses, white T-shirt, blue jean shorts and black-and-white sneakers.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call state police at 410-386-3000.

Two men are arrested in carjackings; 3 sought

Two Howard County men were in police custody last night in early- morning carjackings at Cranberry Square Shopping Center in Westminster, authorities said. Police were seeking three other suspects.

Two vehicles - a Mercury Sable and Honda Civic - were stolen from their owners at gunpoint in the shopping center parking lot shortly after midnight, Westminster police said. The owners were not harmed, police said.

The suspects fled east on Route 140. One of the suspects jumped out of the Mercury Sable at Routes 140 and 97. He later surrendered to police. The other suspect was apprehended after leading police on a chase to Interstate 695 and Security Boulevard, authorities said.

Charges were pending against a 26-year-old Ellicott City man. Danny Otero Johnson, 19, of Ellicott City was charged with possession of a motor vehicle by threat of force, first-degree assault, theft, use of a handgun during a felony, three counts of second degree assault and other related charges.

The Honda was recovered at a gas station at Route 140 and Sandymount Road.

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