Maryland State Police stopped rush-hour traffic on Route 140 for less than an hour yesterday morning and cordoned off a motel along the highway before arresting a Baltimore County man wanted in a bank robbery the day before.
Troopers arrested Aaron David Hoster, 32, without incident at the Scenic View Motel in Finksburg at 9:18 a.m. The motel, on Route 140 west of Route 91, is near the BB&T Bank at 3000 Gamber Road, where a teller was robbed at gunpoint Monday morning.
State police blocked traffic on the main Carroll County thoroughfare while they evacuated other people staying at the motel.
Hoster, whose last known address was in the first block of South Ritters Lane in Owings Mills, was charged with armed robbery, first degree assault, vehicle theft and a handgun violation.
The busy highway was closed as a safety measure because police thought Hoster might be carrying a gun, said Sgt. David Warner of the Westminster barracks.
"It's something we'll do any time a situation warrants," he said. "But especially at that time of day, we like to make it as short a duration as possible."
Police said a surveillance tape from 9:50 a.m. Monday shows a 6-foot-tall man raising his T-shirt to reveal a semiautomatic handgun tucked into his jean shorts.
Troopers said the robber took out the gun, laid it on the counter and demanded the bills in the teller's hand.
The teller resisted, but the man grabbed a handful of bills and fled.