Four indicted on bank robbery charges

sites held up between January, August

One suspect is a fugitive

thefts were in 4 counties

November 05, 2002|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF

Three men and a woman have been indicted on federal charges in a series of armed bank robberies in four Maryland counties that netted at least $100,000, the office of the U.S. attorney for Maryland announced yesterday.

The suspects were identified as Donte Rolando Harris, 28, and Billy Campbell Harding, 25, both of Baltimore; Juan Deante Dixon, 30, of Randallstown; and Sherone Denise Barnes, 39, of Waldorf.

Harris, Harding and Barnes are in federal custody, while Dixon is a fugitive, officials said.

The robberies, which occurred between January and August, involved the abduction of bank employees to enter into the banks or the takeover of the banks during business hours.

A 15-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, bank robbery and the use of firearms during the holdups in Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties.

Investigators said handguns and pepper spray were used during the robberies.

Police departments from the four counties assisted the FBI in the probe.

Among the banks robbed were the Branch Banking and Trust, Columbia; Provident Bank, Gaithersburg; Farmers Bank of Maryland, Glen Burnie and Crofton; Farmers & Mechanics Bank, Catonsville; First Mariner Bank, Severna Park; and Key Bank and Trust, Ellicott City.

Each bank robbery charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, as does each firearms violation.

The case is scheduled to be heard before U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg in Baltimore's U.S. District Court next year.

The U.S. attorney's office did not say whether any of the money stolen during the robberies has been recovered.

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