Man gets 15 years for bank holdup

August 16, 2008

A 55-year-old Howard County man was sentenced yesterday to more than 15 years in federal prison for robbing a bank in Elkridge in November, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office..

John Jakes, of Elkridge, had pleaded guilty in May to robbing the PNC Bank in the 6200 block of Washington Blvd. of more than $8,500.

Federal prosecutors said Jakes admitted putting his hands on the back of the neck of a bank employee, pushing her to a teller station and demanding money.

After fleeing the bank, Jakes led police on a chase of speeds up to 80 mph, prosecutors said, driving to his Elkridge home and eventually being captured in the woods behind his apartment building.

Police recovered a black backpack covered in red dye and a wig similar to one the robber reportedly wore at the bank.

In addition to sentencing Jakes to 188 months in prison, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett ordered him to serve five years of supervised release, prosecutors said.

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