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Suspect is arrested in teller's slaying Gun found near man linked to bullets that killed woman.


City police made their first arrest overnight in the July 11 murder of a 60-year-old head teller at a Maryland National Bank branch.

Darrell Lyn Ricks, 34, of the 5100 block of Linden Heights Ave. in northwest Baltimore, was arrested at about 11:30 last night at the home of his girlfriend in the 1200 block of Kitmore Road, near Govans, police said.

Within hours, the city police crime lab had completed ballistics tests on a large, fully-loaded handgun recovered during Ricks' arrest. Police said the tests conclusively linked the gun to the bullets that killed teller Phyllis Hornfeck.

Hornfeck was shot to death as she prepared to open the bank for the day.

Ricks was charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, a felony handgun violation, attempted bank robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

FBI spokesman Jim Dearborne said Ricks was already being sought for the Sept. 1, 1990 robbery of a Vermont Federal Savings and Loan branch in Govans. A federal grand jury indicted him on Oct. 4, 1990, in that robbery.

Ricks also was wanted for violation of his probation from a 25-year federal sentence for the May 2, 1979 robbery of the Mercantile Safe Deposit Bank, at 2050 York Road in Baltimore County.

Police were still searching today for a second man wanted for questioning in Hornfeck's murder.

Police said they had placed the Kitmore Road home under surveillance for several hours last night while they obtained a search and seizure warrant.

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