A masked man who fired a shotgun blast Monday into the ceiling of the Maryland National Bank in Jessup made a getaway with an undisclosedsum of money, county police said.

The man, who was wearing a nylon stocking over his face, entered the bank at approximately 11:05 a.m. and fired one shot at the ceiling, "in an apparent attempt to get everyone's attention," said police spokesman Gary L. Gardner.

Police say the man announced a robbery and demanded money from the tellers. After taking the money, he ran from the building, police said.

A witness reported the man may have fled the area in a red Ford Mustang automobile, which was last seen heading east on Route 175.The bank is in the 7300 block of Assateague Drive.

Police say theFBI is assisting in the robbery investigation. The holdup does not appear to be related to any of the recent "shotgun robberies" reportedat various locations in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, police said.


A man robbed the Citizens National Bank in Columbia Friday after telling a clerk that he would kill her if she did not hand over money, county police said.

Police say a man wearing dark clothes entered the bank, in the Atholton Shopping Center on Old Columbia Road, shortly before 7 p.m. and demanded money from the teller. She then gave him an undisclosed sum ofmoney.

The man did not display a weapon, police said. He left thebank after taking the money.

Police did not have a description ofthe robber, who was last seen on foot outside the bank.


Two people were charged with robbery Saturday after a holdup at an Elkridge motel, county police said.

The robbery occurred shortly before 11:50 p.m. at the Exec Motel in the 6200 block of Washington Boulevard, when a man entered the lobby and pointed a gun at a female clerk, county police said.

After taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the clerk, the man tied her up and left.

Police arrived at the scene within minutes and obtained adescription of the getaway car the man apparently used, a police report said. A car matching the description was spotted at a parking lotabout a half-mile south of the robbery scene, police said.

Arrested at the motel were John F. Legrand, 27, of the 5600 block of Cadillac Avenue in Baltimore, and Lisa M. Hammond, 18, of the 4300 block ofRidge Avenue in Halethorpe. Police say Hammond is suspected of beingan accomplice to the robbery.

The stolen money was recovered, police said. Both suspects have been charged with robbery, battery, and use of a handgun in commission of a felony.

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