Bank robbery suspect held without bail


March 29, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,sun reporter

A District Court judge ordered a man suspected of using threatening notes to rob 10 Baltimore banks held without bail yesterday after police charged him in one of the robberies.

Police charging documents filed in court against Elmer H. Warfield III, 36, accuse him of passing a holdup note to a teller at Carrollton Bank in the 300 block of N. Charles St. on Tuesday morning.

"This is a hold up, put lose money in the bag," the note said, according to the charging document. The robber then passed a small black plastic bag to the teller, who filled it with about $1,300 cash and a dye pack.

The man took the bag of money, "turned away from the teller counter and walked briskly out of the bank," the charging documents state. Once outside, the robber ran down an alley and discarded a blue coat and a gray wool hat to alter his appearance, according to police.

The dye pack exploded, and the robber threw it away, the documents show. Sgt. Kirk Fleet spotted him in the 200 block of Centre St. and arrested him after a brief foot chase.

The man is suspected of robbing 10 banks in Baltimore, accounting for nearly half of the city's 21 bank robberies this year. Last year at this time, the city had had three bank robberies. Authorities say they are investigating and could file additional charges.

Warfield is the brother of Deputy Maj. Nathan A. Warfield, the second in command of the city's Northwestern District. Police have said that they do not believe that the commander knew anything about his brother's alleged activities.

Police said the robbery spree began Feb. 16 with a holdup at the Bank of America in Federal Hill and continued at banks in South Baltimore, Canton and downtown. Each time, police said, a note was used. No gun was displayed.

Warfield, who lived in the 2700 block of E. Madison St., is being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center. He is charged with armed robbery, robbery and first- and second-degree assault, and felony theft.

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