Armed bank robber eludes police search team


Howard County police are looking for an armed robber who eluded a helicopter and search dog team after holding up a West Friendship bank yesterday morning.

No injuries were reported in the robbery at the Maryland National Bank in the 12600 block of Frederick Road.

Police are not sure if the robbery is related to the holdup of the Commercial and Farmer's Bank two weeks ago in the 12800 block of Frederick Road.

About 10:45 a.m., the suspect entered the bank, announced a robbery and took an undisclosed amount of money from the tellers. Then the tellers were forced into a rear room before the man fled, police said.

A state police helicopter and a K-9 unit searched the area, but could not find the man.

The suspect, who wielded a black handgun, is described as a black man in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 to 180 pounds. He wore a blue or black jacket, dark pants and a stocking over his face.

The suspect in the Oct. 5 bank robbery also wore a stocking mask, but police say there is no evidence to link the two holdups.

The Maryland Association for Bank Security is offering a reward of up to $2,000 to callers whose tips lead to an arrest or indictment. And the Metro Crime Stoppers is offering an award of up to $1,000 for similar information. To qualify for this award, callers must use the 24-hour hot line at 276-8888.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call Howard County police at 313-2220 or 313-2266.

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