Bank offers reward in teller's slaying Woman was slain in her car before opening branch.


Maryland National Bank is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person who killed Phyllis Hornfeck, the chief teller of a Maryland National Bank branch in West Baltimore who was shot July 11 while sitting in her car just before she was to open the bank for the day.

The 60-year-old teller was in her Plymouth minivan about 8 a.m. in the 500 block of Franklintown Road when another vehicle drove up and an occupant fired two shots from a large-caliber handgun through the woman's right front window, wounding her in the right side of her head and torso, according to city police.

Today, Maryland National Bank ran a half-page ad in The Sun and The Evening Sun offering the reward and asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 276-8888.

"We've never lost an employee on the job in our memory, and we feel we've lost a friend and family member, said Daniel Finney, spokesman for the bank.

Hornfeck "worked here for 28 years and her husband had a long career with the bank as well and was recently retired. We're the leading bank in the area and we want the community to know we're not going to stand for this kind of activity and we're offended and we want to create a solution to the situation," said Finney.

Police have said they believe the shooting was related to an attempt to rob the bank.

At the time of the shooting, bank officials told police it was Hornfeck's practice to wait in her car in the parking lot for another bank employee to arrive so they could open the bank together.

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