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3 bank robbery suspects charged after car crashes


Three suspects in a bank robbery near Towson were arrested yesterday in Baltimore after their car broadsided a city police cruiser during a chase down Loch Raven Boulevard, police officials said.

Northeast District Sgt. Melvin W. Sisson Jr., 59, a 26-year veteran, was injured in the crash, and was treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and released. Two of the suspects also were injured and were being treated at Bayview last night.

Cpl. Kevin Novak, a Baltimore County police spokesman, said the incident began about 11:50 a.m. when two men -- one armed with a handgun -- held up First Virginia Savings and Loan in the 1300 block of E. Joppa Road.

After getting an undisclosed amount of money, the robbers ran outside and got into a waiting gray Mazda, which sped across the street. A dye pack exploded, and the robbers threw "packs of money and a gun out of the car," Corporal Novak said.

The three men in the getaway car jumped out and stole a red Chrysler LeBaron from the Calvert Hall College high school parking lot. A school employee called police, who chased the car into the city.

On East 33rd Street at Loch Raven, the stolen car struck the police cruiser in the right rear door, causing it to spin, city police said.

Police said the suspects tried to run from the accident but were caught by Baltimore County officers.

Authorities were not sure whether all of the money had been recovered.

They said the weapon used in the holdup was a BB gun.

The suspects' names were not available because they had not been formally charged yesterday evening.

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