A man who allegedly robbed a NationsBank in Columbia at noon Friday took police on a high-speed chase through Howard and Anne Arundel counties before crashing into a truck in Linthicum, where he was arrested.
Alerted by the bank's alarm, Howard County police had converged on the branch at Route 108 and Bendix Road.
A witness told police that the robber fled in a black Isuzu Rodeo, and police gave chase: west on Route 100 to U.S. 29, north to Interstate 70, east to Interstate 695, then south along the Beltway, according to Sgt. Glenn Hansen, a Howard police spokesman.
Baltimore County resident Natalie Love said she had been traveling on the Beltway when she was cut off by a speeding black sport utility vehicle "followed by an endless line of police cars."
"It was like the O. J. [Simpson] chase in the Bronco," Love said.
Police said the vehicle left the Beltway in Anne Arundel County and sped through Linthicum before hitting the truck at Hammonds Ferry Road and Maple Avenue. No one was injured in the crash.
According to Hansen, the incident had begun at 11: 59 a.m., when a man dressed in a black jacket, blue shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes walked into the bank and approached a teller with his hand in a rolled-up newspaper.
After the man handed the bank's teller a note asking for money, he was given an undisclosed sum of cash containing a red dye pack, Hansen said.
The man then ran out of the bank to a wooded area across the street from the bank, where a witness said the dye pack exploded.
The man abandoned the stained money and got into a black Isuzu, Hansen said. All the money was recovered. Witnesses told police the man never displayed a weapon.
Hansen said no one was injured in the crash that ended the chase.
Police said Irvin Sylvester Janey Jr., 44, of the 4100 block of W. Forest Ave. in Baltimore was charged with armed robbery, theft, assault and a number of traffic offenses.
He was being held in the Howard County Detention Center until a bail review hearing this weekend, Hansen said.
A NationsBank representative said the bank branch closed for a few hours Friday afternoon but reopened in time for the 4: 30 p.m. to 7 p.m. shift.
Pub Date: 2/02/97