Talk about bad timing.
A 41-year-old man decided yesterday to rob an East Baltimore savings and loan while two police officers were inside the thrift institution and another officer was patrolling his beat outside.
According to police, at about 9:30 a.m., the man entered the Slavie Federal Savings & Loan Association, in the 700 block of N. Collington Ave., and gave a teller a note saying that he was armed with a bomb and he wanted money.
The teller gave the man some cash and pushed a button sounding an alarm, police said.
The holdup man ran away.
Responding to the alarm, the officers, who were in a back office talking with the manager, raced through the lobby and into the street and joined the officer who was outside in chasing the man, said Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman.
Melton Eugene Jackson, 41, was arrested a few minutes later about two blocks away in the 2200 block of E. Monument St., police said.
They said they found no explosive device in his possession.
Police said Mr. Jackson of the 700 block of Lennox St., was charged with robbery.
He was being held at the Central District lockup, awaiting a bail hearing last night.
Mr. Ringgold said the officers who were in the bank are neighborhood service officers who were interviewing the manager to get information for the recently implemented Community Policing Program.
"It was kind of funny having two officers in there at the time," Mr. Ringgold said.
"Man, his timing was way off."