Gunman takes cash from credit union in College Park


Prince George's County police, responding to a report of hostages being taken during a robbery at a College Park credit union last night, found only two employees when they rushed into the building, said a police spokesman.

A man escaped with an unknown amount of cash, said Cpl. Michael Montgomery.

Montgomery said the man somehow entered the State Employees Credit Union in the 9000 block of Baltimore Ave. shortly after 5 p.m. and announced a hold-up. Montgomery said the credit union had closed at 3 p.m..

Two female employees -- one with a cellular telephone -- ran into the vault behind the automated teller machine, locked the vault's door and called police, Montgomery said.

A few minutes later, a woman using the ATM in the lobby heard a commotion behind the machine, called police and reported a robbery in progress, he said.

Montgomery said a passer-by saw a man flee from the building just before officers arrived.

He said county and state police cordoned off the area -- about a half-mile from the University of Maryland campus -- and detoured traffic on the busy street.

A six-man SWAT team barged into the credit union about 9 p.m. and found the two employees unhurt, Montgomery said.

Pub Date: 5/01/98

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