Silver Spring man detained in Howard bank robbery

November 22, 2008|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,

A Silver Spring man was being held yesterday after being charged in a bank robbery that resulted in the shooting of a teller Thursday morning in Howard County.

As Anirudh Lakhan Sukhu made an initial appearance yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, a third suspect remained at large.

Police were able to track down Sukhu after discovering his identification in a black Ford pickup the suspects abandoned after fleeing the bank, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. Sukhu was seen going into his home by police just before calling 911 to report that he had been a victim of a carjacking earlier in the day involving his black 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck, according to the complaint.

Sukhu, 42, and two other men are accused of entering the Bank of America branch in the 6300 block of Ten Oaks Road in Clarksville about 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Sukhu and another man brandished firearms during the robbery while a third man served as the lookout near the bank's entrance, and during the robbery Sukhu shot a bank teller in the hand, according to the complaint. Sukhu retrieved more than $23,000 from the bank, according to the complaint.

Upon fleeing the bank, the robbers got into a pickup truck and led police on a chase that went south through Jessup and onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Anne Arundel County before the vehicle turned northwest on Route 197 toward Laurel. Speeds reached 80 mph to 85 mph, according to radio transmissions. Police said that when the men got to Montgomery County, they ditched the truck and ran. One of the men, Omar Burnett, 24, of Silver Spring, turned and fired at officers and was fatally shot by a Prince George's County police officer, authorities said. The third robber has not been identified or captured.

Sukhu was being detained at an undisclosed location by the federal government. A detention hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

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