2 city men indicted in bank robberies


October 19, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A federal grand jury charged two Baltimore men yesterday in the robberies of nine banks in Maryland during the summer by telling bank employees they had a bomb.

James Abu Bangura, 24, and Dartanion Antwon Wallace, 25, were charged in a string of robberies that netted more than $91,000 from banks from May until August. Wallace was charged in two of those robberies.

Authorities said the banks robbed were the BB&T Bank in the 200 block of E. Pratt St. on May 23; the Bank of America in Silver Spring on May 24; the Sun Trust Bank in the 100 block of E. Baltimore St. in the city on June 7; the Wachovia Bank in Bethesda on June 9; and the M&T Bank on South Charles Street in Baltimore on June 20.

Also robbed, according to federal authorities, were the M&T Bank in the 5100 block of Campbell Blvd. in White Marsh on June 28; the Wachovia Bank in the 8800 block of Pulaski Highway in Baltimore on Aug. 4; the M&T Bank in the 1400 block of Pulaski Highway in Edgewood on Aug. 24; and Peoples Bank in the 900 block of E. Pulaski Highway in Elkton on Aug. 28.

If convicted, each man could receive a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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