Westminster man arrested for Main Street bank robbery

Police say man had taken cash earlier in the day

July 08, 2011

A 29-year-old Westminster an was arrested on Thursday, July 7, and charged with robbing a bank on Main Street in Westminster earlier in the day.

The Westminster Police Department reported that on Thursday, July 7, at about 12:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the PNC Bank, at 132 W. Main St., for a reported robbery.

Police said that witness told them a black male — dressed in all black clothing and wearing a plastic bag on his head — had entered the bank and presented a teller with a note demanding money.

Another teller who had been making change for a customer walked over to assist and the suspect grabbed the money from the teller's hand and fled the bank, police said.

None of the tellers were injured during the robbery.

While officers were at the bank, relatives of the suspect approached police and told them that the individual most likely involved had just voluntarily left a psychiatric facility and had told these relatives that he was going to rob a bank.

The suspect was located by relatives in the 100 block of E. Main St., and they took him to his residence,  where officers were called and the suspect was arrested.

Police said the suspect was identified as Charles Tavon Sanders, 29, of the unit block of Charles Street, Westminster.

The money taken from the teller was recovered, and Sanders was charged with robbery, second degree assault and theft under $1000. He is currently in the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000.00 bond, police said.

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