A 42-year-old man has been charged in the Wednesday robbery of a Laurel bank, and the ensuing police chase that ended in a Columbia neighborhood, according to Laurel city spokesman Pete Piringer.
Robert C. Williams faces robbery and numerous traffic charges in the incident, during which approximately $20,650 was stolen from a PNC Bank, Laurel police said.
According to police, officers were dispatched at approximately 9:30 a.m. after a hold-up alarm went off at the bank, located at 390 Main Street.
With officers en route, police said they received numerous calls from customers reporting a man had robbed the bank. The first responding officer attempted to stop a suspect, who entered a green minivan and fled, police said.
The driver eluded police through the streets of Laurel, occasionally crossing into Prince George's and Montgomery counties, before entering onto Route 29 northbound, police said.
Once on the highway, officers from Howard County police and Maryland State Police assisted in the pursuit, Laurel police said.
Howard County police then applied "stop sticks," to slow down the vehicle, which was successful, Laurel police said
The car exited onto Route 175 in Columbia and, with two flat tires, turned onto Thunder Hill Road in the neighborhood of Oakland Mills, police said.
The driver, identified as Williams, got out of the car and fled on foot. He was apprehended by officers on nearby Oakland Mills Road, police said. Williams was found with a backpack containing $20,650, according to police.
Police said Williams entered the bank, implied he had a weapon, and demanded money from the teller, who complied.
As of Wednesday afternoon Williams was being processed in Prince George's County. His bond status is unknown.