Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

March 20, 2007

Police are on lookout for serial bank robber

Baltimore police are searching for a serial bank robber who struck for the ninth time yesterday, holding up a 1st Mariner Bank branch on Boston Street in Canton, authorities said.

The man, who has displayed no weapon and flees on foot, has eluded capture since his crime wave began in mid-February. Police say he is responsible for nine of the 20 bank holdups in the city this year, striking from Federal Hill to Northwest Baltimore. There were just three bank robberies during the same period last year.

"He is switching up his clothing," said Detective Sgt. Scott Serio, who heads the citywide robbery unit. "In the beginning, he was striking in the early afternoons. Now there is no pattern as to time of occurrence or location."

Serio said police are sure the same man is responsible for the nine robberies because surveillance photos from each incident match. He said the man patiently waits in line, approaches a teller as if he were conducting regular business and hands over a note demanding money. Serio would not divulge what the notes say.

The latest holdup occurred about 11:45 a.m. yesterday at 1st Mariner in the 3300 block of Boston St. Police would not say how much money was stolen.

Police say the man also robbed Bank of America in the 1000 block of Light St on Feb. 16; Carrollton Bank in the 300 block of N. Charles St. on Feb. 20; Provident Bank in the 100 block of E. Lexington St. on Feb. 23; Provident Bank in the 2100 block of E. Monument St. on Feb. 26; Sun Trust Bank in the 1300 block of N. Charles St. on March 5; Municipal Employees Credit Union in the 6600 block of Reisterstown Road on March 9; 1st Mariner in the 300 block of N. Charles St. on March 10; and Wachovia Bank in the 800 block of E. Fort Ave. on March 13.

The robber is described as black, in his late 20s to early 30s, about 6 feet tall with a slim build, a medium to dark complexion and some facial hair. Serio said he wears a different coat during most holdups.

Man held in rape of girl, 15

A 34-year-old Westminster man has been charged with the March 10 rape and assault of a 15-year-old Reisterstown girl, state police from the Westminster barracks reported yesterday.

Lincoln Goodman Sr. of the 800 block of Johahn Drive was arrested Friday evening and charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault, third-degree sex offense, contributing to the condition of a child and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor, authorities said.

He remains at the Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bond, according to Trooper Todd W. Liddick.

Two men picked up the victim and her 16-year-old friend in Reisterstown about 7:30 p.m. March 9, Liddick said. The men then drove the girls to their Westminster townhouse.

Lincoln Goodman Sr. was charged with having sexual intercourse with the 15-year-old after she passed out from alcohol intoxication, Liddick said. He said Goodman provided the two teenage girls with liquor and beer.

Following the incident, the victim's family filed a temporary restraining order against Goodman, ordering him not to have contact with the girl.

A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for April 13.

Laura McCandlish

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