2 men charged in bank robbery to be extradited to Ga.

White Marsh case suspects escaped from county jail

December 09, 2003|By Laura Barnhardt and Richard Irwin | Laura Barnhardt and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two men who were charged with robbing a White Marsh bank last week will be extradited to Georgia, where authorities say they are wanted on murder, assault and kidnapping charges after escaping from a county jail last month.

The men, Shawn Stanley Gilreath, 28, and Floyd Wayne Williams, 25, were featured on the television show America's Most Wanted after their escape Nov. 18 from the jail in Clayton County, Ga.

Williams was in jail awaiting trial on two counts of murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of a 47-year-old man and a 16-month-old boy in 2001. He is also accused of beating and trying to shoot the child's mother, said Clayton County police Capt. Jeff Turner. All three victims were living in the same house.

Williams was allegedly seeking revenge against witnesses in a case against his brother, but the people he is accused of shooting and beating had nothing to do the case, Turner said.

Gilreath was serving a 30-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping. He is awaiting trial in the killing of a store clerk who was shot during a robbery in 1996, Georgia authorities said.

Turner said the two men scaled several security fences at the Clayton County jail and together got into a waiting car.

They were arrested shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in the White Marsh section of Baltimore County after a security guard at a Target store recorded their getaway from a nearby Sun Trust bank branch in the 5200 block of Campbell Blvd., police said.

A Target employee noticed the men behaving suspiciously in the parking lot and asked staff to turn the security camera on the pair.

One of the men entered the bank with two money bags and gave a holdup note to a teller. He fled the bank with an undisclosed sum and was joined by another man. Witnesses saw the men drive away in a 1997 Chevrolet Astro minivan, police said.

Target officials called police with the description of the men and the minivan, which officers spotted a few minutes later on Interstate 95 near White Marsh Boulevard, police said.

The driver pulled off on the shoulder and both men jumped out and ran. After a brief chase, both were captured.

In addition to money, police said they found both Williams and Gilreath carrying loaded handguns, which officers later determined were stolen from a Virginia sporting goods store during a burglary. Police also found other firearms in the van.

A records check by Baltimore County police showed both men were wanted in Georgia on escape and murder charges. They were being held without bail late yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

County police said the pair are suspects in several armed robberies along the East Coast.

Detectives from Georgia met with Baltimore County police yesterday, but it was unclear when the men will be extradited.

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