Men who implied they had a bomb charged in robberies

July 24, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two men who lobbed a package behind a bank counter Thursday and implied that it was an explosive have been charged with several bank robberies, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Ronald Nathaniel Stewart, 42, and Traquan Daion Johnson, 22, were arrested Thursday, shortly after a robbery at the First Mariner bank at York Road and Ridgely Avenue in Timonium, police said. Investigators had not determined the suspects' addresses yesterday.

The men are also being charged with two bank robberies in Anne Arundel County and one in York, Pa., county police said.

After demanding cash from tellers at First Mariner, two men threw a package behind the counter and said, "You'd better get out of there," before fleeing, police said. A witness gave police a description of the suspects' car and its license plate.

Police found the car a short time later at Charles Street and Bellona Avenue, and arrested Stewart and Johnson.

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