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Man sentenced to over 10 years in prison for Dundalk bank robbery

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A man who, with his fiance, stole $130,000 from a Dundalk bank where she had previously worked as a teller, was sentenced in federal court Friday, authorities said.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Darrius Roszario D. Washington, age 20, of Baltimore, to more than 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. His accomplice, Janaya B. Person-Robinson, 20, pleaded guilty will be sentenced on October 22.

She had worked at the branch, was familiar with the bank's operating procedures and knew the employees, authorities say.

The couple waited in the M&T Bank branch bank's parking lot on October 1, as employees were arriving to work when Washington stopped a bank employee walking from her car, authorities said. He flashed a handgun, threatening to "blow her head off," if she did not let him inside. Once inside the bank, authorities said, Washington pointed a gun at another teller and forced her to open the bank vault, telling her she would never see her son again if she did not. He even used the child's name.

Washington took money from the vault, while Person-Robinson emptied the cash from the teller drawers, and they fled but an officer stopped their car on nearby Kinship Road, authorities say.

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